From Bogotá to the world: La-33
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ith more than a decade, 60 thounsand albumssold and nearly two thousand different presentations in five continents, La-33 has become one of the most influential Colombian salsa orchestras on the international scene.
La-33 began in 2001 when the brothers Sergio and Santiago Mejia assembled a group of musicians to form a salsa band. Interestingly, those who answered the call were not salsa performers, their influences were more urban rhythms like rock, jazz and reggae. The band is also inspired by the New York 70’s format, where the rough and dirty sounds of the city are mixed with Caribbean rhythms retaining a classically trained percussion and introducing winds, as the orchestras from New York, and that dry sound of the saxophone.
The band emerged in Bogotá, the same city that gave birth to most of its members, which gives the band something very especial, due to the fact that, though the Colombian capital have underground spaces for dancers, performers and music lovers, broadcasters and clubs have had this genre a bit neglected.
La-33 began as a dream of friends who wanted to make music. From rehearsing in an old house they quickly managed to play at traditional bars in the city, as Quiebracanto, private parties and small festivals, where they played some famous salsa songs and their own productions like El tornillo de Guillo, Manuela and La pantera mambo, an interpretation of Henri Mancini´s classic which mark the history of the band.
In 2004, they recorded their debut album, La-33, with which it was inserted forcefully in Colombian salsa scene with songs like Soledad, La pantera mambo and Qué rico boogaloo. But it was not an easy process: without the backing of a record company the album began to move out of the radial circuit and it was distributed independently.
La-33 quickly realized that it wouldn’t be the industry who’ll define the music they play. The band seeks to position itself more as a musical movement in which the personal transitions of each of the band members are reflected on the music they play. Love, heartbreak, and desire to live and to dance.
In 2005 the band began a phase of tours that started in Ecuador and culminated in 2006 in Europe. 2007 was an important year for La-33. The band had already shocked the international public and was listed in nightclubs all around the world. The release of the second album, Gózalo, shows a more experimental side with fusions of latin jazz, Caribbean rhythms and genres like rock.
Ten cuidado, the third album, contains 11 singles including Roxanne, a cover of the English rock band The Police showing the rocker side of the majority of the band members. This work also takes classic rhythms of boogaloo, mambo and funk, returning to classic salsa format.
For this time La-33 is already positioned in Colombia as one of the most important salsa bands. Their music plays in clubs, broadcasts and major concerts, on which they have shared the stage with artists such as Willie Colon, Los Van Van, Roberto Roena , Joe Arroyo, Cheo Feliciano, Moby and Kinky. They have rock the stages of festivals like Tempo Latino (France), Roskilde Festival (Denmark) and Boonnaroo (United States) among others.
Tumbando por ahí is the fourth studio album of La-33. The album, which was released in 2013, shows the musical maturity of the band. For the first time the band has the participation of a producer and it was recorded in block, the musicians playing at the same time in one place. Richard Blair, musical producer and the leader of Sidestepper, managed to pick up the sound and power of their live performances.
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