Monday, May 9, 2011

ChocQuibTown - Afrocolombiano Hip Hop Funk

Imagine The Fugees, living in rural Colombia, rapping to Afro Rumba you have an idea of the sheer dopeness that is ChocQuibTown.

These 3 emcees hail from the town of Quibidó in the area of Chocó, western Colombia (hence ChocQuibTown). As their name implies, these 3 Hip Hop heads are extremely proud of their homeland, and make sure to represent their native roots in all their music.

Gloria Martinez, a.k.a. “Goyo,” is the lead singer (and Lauryn Hill equivalent) for the band, with her male counterparts, "Slow" and "Tostao" playing the roles of Wyclef and Pras, so to speak. But to compare ChocQuibTown to anybody else is truly a disservice. They have a unique sound that could have only sprung up out of their own Afro-Pacific-Colombian heritage and upbringing.

They dropped their first release, Somos Pacifico, in Bogotá back in 2006. They quickly blew up in Colombia, and now, 5 years later, they've released their US debut on Nacional Records to enormous critical acclaim.

The album, Oro, has been nominated for the 2011 Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album Grammy. And the single off the album, De Donde Vengo Yo, already won the 2010 Latin Grammy for best Alternative Song. Here's the video for that tune. They'll have you hooked within seconds, and you'll quickly see what all the fuss is about. Lauryn who? There's a new female emcee/singer to be reckoned with...

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