From the highest mountain of the Andes, the deep Amazon jungle and Latin America's loudest cities, comes the explosive sound of Falakumbe. Cumbia-reggae chicha-punk mixed in a tropical casserole of distorted guitars, güiro and song that melts the stage and the audience together into a one big pachanga.
Falakumbes sweaty and energy-filled shows have made the band been compared with artists as Gogol Bordelo and Chico Trujillo. The band members emigrated from Peru and Chile to Europe. For them, Falakumbe is a liberated place for political resistance through music and dance.
With tremendous scene presence and genuine rebellious joy, Falakumbe succeeds in engaging his audience and creating swinging, euphoric and memorable shows.
The band formed in Stockholm in 2014 when two musical projects came together, One was a reggae-rock project and the other an acoustic cumbia-rumba project. The combination resulted in a cumbia-punk band that soon became popular for their energic shows.
When the EP Puro Sonido Sinsinero Internacional was released in 2015, Falakumbe went on it’s first Germany tour. The band has since moved between Sweden, Denmark and Germany's underground scenes. In 2016 Falakumbe performed live in Sweden's national radio Sveriges Radio P1.
The band worked with their first album Tropical Blast in 2018. The recording was made in Stockholm and the songs were mixed and mastered in Lima, Peru. The production was done in collaboration with Peruvian Tato Del Campo (La Comarca Estudio) and Aldo Gilardi-Magnan (Hitmakers Mastering) who previously worked with world-renowned Peruvian artists such as Bareto and Cumbia Allstars.
The debut album Tropical Blast came out in 2019 and was described as a carnival latin punk. Swedish media compared the album's sound with Manu Chao's legendary band Mano Negra in an Andean stile.
Falakumbes music and lyrics try to portray the socio-cultural heritage of the band members, which is strongly rooted in the humblest socio-economic conditions in Latin America. The poetic content of these texts synthesizes themes such as migration, dreams, racism, positive thinking and emotions, love and humility.
Falakumbes message takes shape in personal reflections on life and injustice encouraging the audience to self-insight. Expressive and socially critical texts in Spanish are therefore mixed with rhythms whose intention is to create a mysterious mixture that does not leave anyone indifferent and who can also appeal to a non-Spanish-speaking audience.