Monday, July 13, 2009


The Cumbancha & Putumayo
World Music Series presents:
Sunday, July 19th, 2009/ 8:00 pm
185 Pearl Street, Burlington, VT
$12 - to reserve tickets visit
or call (802) 425-2118

"Afro-Peruvian tradition collides with modern production techniques to create an infectious hybrid.
Novalima are part of an exciting movement defining new directions in world music."
- Jason Bentley, MD and host of Morning Becomes Eclectic at KCRW, Los Angeles

JULY 2009 – The Cumbancha & Putumayo World Music Concert Series is pleased to present the pioneering Afro-Peruvian sound system Novalima, who will bring their revolutionary grooves to Vermont for the first time on July 19th at Parima. Novalima's album Coba Coba was released by the Charlotte-based record label Cumbancha earlier this year and quickly became one of the most critically acclaimed Latin and world music albums of the year so far. Currently on tour in Europe, Novalima is performing in front of audiences of thousands and this performance will be an extremely rare opportunity to see one of the top world music and Latin alternative acts in an intimate venue.
While Peruvian music often conjures up images of pan pipes and Andean melodies, there are also communities of people of African descent whose music blends the soulful rhythms of Africa with moving Spanish and Latin American influences. Founded by four cosmopolitan friends from Lima with a shared passion for both traditional Afro-Peruvian music and modern DJ culture, the group grew quickly to include four of the top percussionists and singers from the traditional Afro-Peruvian music scene. Novalima's music delves deep into the African roots of Afro-Peruvian music, bringing in influences from its musical cousins reggae, dub, salsa, hip-hop, afrobeat and Cuban son.
The Burlington show is a fortunate last minute addition to Novalima's first tour of the US that includes dates at major venues and festivals including Millennium Park in Chicago, Grand Performances in Los Angeles, and Nuit d'Afrique in Montreal. Novalima's live performances mix live vocals, percussion, guitar and bass with electronic beats, loops and house music production for an exciting mix that finds the common ground between past and future, between tradition and innovation.
Cumbancha was founded in 2006 by Jacob Edgar. An ethnomusicologist and music explorer, Edgar is also the music researcher and liner notes writer for Putumayo World Music, an acclaimed record label whose compilations have introduced millions to the appealing sounds of music from Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and more.

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