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Tribu Baharu

Tribu Baharu


TRIBU BAHARÚ is an afro-champeta music crew from the Colombian caribbean coast, that is influenced by the “Picó” (Pick Up or sound system) culture. A Local Culture present in most Caribbean countries, with a history of more than 6 decades, especially in Cartagena and Barranquilla. They play “live” without loosing the particular performance and sound of the “sound system” as lived in the “Verbena” dances (dance parties set up in the neighborhoods during bank holidays). Those parties generate an emotional sensation in the dancers that is called “Goce Champetúo” with the music that was brought by the Afrikan communities to America.

TRIBU BAHARÚ was founded in 2009, when a group of friends with Afro-Caribbean affinity start to meet in Bogota. Out of these meetings was born Tribu Baharu. Now Tribu Baharú has become one of the main exponents of Champeta music in the Colombian Capital and is ready to take the crazy Champeta abroad.

Champeta, is a term that originally refers to a knife used by fishermen. Champeta is fishermen music since its main influences comes from overseas: Warning: may contain traces of soukous, zouk, calypso, mbaqanga, soca, compa Haitiano, rap and ragamuffin, all mixed with local styles and influences of the Colombian musical spectrum.

It’s been denigrated and damned, boycotted and banned, but it can never be stopped: champeta, the ever evolving, high-energy hybrid of Colombian, African and Afro-Caribbean styles just keeps on coming. And leading a new charge are Tribu Baharú, barrelling out of Bogotá, championing their version of champeta, inspired by the legendary, street-shaking Picó sound-systems of Colombia’s Caribbean coast, but here played all-live-onstage with sparkling Congolese guitar driven by high-speed bass and drums and the all-animating upfront singers. Tribu Baharú is part of a wave of Nuevas Músicas Colombianas based in the capital city that are reestablishing it as a prime force and adding more ingredients to the recipe.

TRIBU BAHARÚ’s main objective is to convey the joy of being Afro-Colombian and Caribbean through exuberant dance using music as a vehicle. Tribu Baharú contributes to change the negative colective imagery of the Champeta Culture by transmitting positive messages through their music thanks to their philosophy of life “ La Bacaneria” (good vibes). They are embassadors of the good will around this popular culture that comes from the marginal neighbohoods of the caribbean coast.

The Champeta-dance became even quite notorious back in the late 90-ties early 2000’s when even politicians where trying to have it banned for its explicit sensuality and the violence that accompanied many of the rave’s that where held in the poorest neighborhoods of Cartagena and Turbaco. Nowadays Tribu transmits not only positive messages but also wants to maintain alive the memory of their ancestors through singing about their culture and implementing


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