Herencia de Timbiquí – Sounds of Colombia
"Herencia de Timbiquí is one of the most exciting tropical music acts out of Colombia in recent years" – WorldMusicCentral.org
What the audience at every Herencia de Timbiquí concert experiences is an explosion of musical energy, flavor, and rhythms that come from the deepest part of Colombia. Herencia de Timbiquí works to preserve the ancestral roots of the marimba de chonta, and traditional instruments such as the bombo, cununos and the guasá and combines them with a powerful band, including energetic vocals, brass, keyboards, and guitar.
Herencia de Timbiquí’s music masterfully mixes ancestral sounds from the Afro-Colombian Pacific with elements of urban contemporary music to recreate all the power and rhythm of their indigenous instruments. They combine lyrics and melodies as mighty as the jungle, the rivers, and the Pacific Ocean that surround the town this group comes from.
These musicians decided to create a dialogue between their empirical musical knowledge from the Colombian Pacific and the sounds of Cali, the city that embraced them when they decided to leave their village. Herencia de Timbiquí (“the Inheritance of Timbiquí”) makes clear that tradition is not a museum piece but is rather enriched by merging with other elements, like the sounds of Latin music: salsa and son, but also reggae and rock, jazz and funk. After winning the official competition of the largest folk festival in Colombia, Festival de Música del Pacífico “Petronio Álvarez,” the band secured a spot at the 44th Montreux Jazz Festival and later at SXSW, places where the marimba de chonta, its distinctive instrument, had never been before. In 2013 their career took off after being awarded the Gaviota de Plata at the Festival Internacional de Via del Mar, Chile, for the best folk performance with their song “Amanece.” Herencia de Timbiquí caught the attention of USAID, and featured the group in a 2014 documentary highlighting not only what the artists represent to the Colombian music scene, but also the social challenges faced on the Colombian Pacific coast where the town of Timbiquí is located.
Since then, Herencia de Timbiquí has grown an extensive fan base worldwide with performances across South America, Central America, North America, and Europe and a YouTube Channel that has dozens of millions of views combined.
Latino Memphis Festival Celebrates Colombia
Memphis in May offers entertainment (Colombian Folkloric Ballet) in collaboration with Latino Memphis for this one day high-energy outdoor fiesta complete with music, marketplace, authentic food, kids’ activities, and a salsa-making competition.
Saturday, May 13 in Overton Park
- Beale Street Music Festival
- International Salute To Colombia
- World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest
- Great American River Run
- International Exchange Program
- For Educators