Since its formation in 2001, Novalima has been breaking down boundaries, uniting seemingly irreconcilable genres, communities and generations to create an inspiring movement that has revolutionized the music scene in their native Peru.
Founded by four friends from Lima with a shared passion for both traditional Afro-Peruvian music and modern DJ culture, Novalima searches for the common ground between past and future, between tradition and innovation. Their efforts have also helped bridge the divide between the Peruvian mainstream and the Afro-Peruvian community, a minority population that has struggled against discrimination and the threat of cultural dissolution for generations.
The reception to the album exceeded their wildest expectations, eventually reaching platinum sales status in Peru, and for their next album they invited more Afro-Peruvian musicians to join their recording sessions. The outcome was Afro, an album that was released worldwide in 2006 to tremendous acclaim and put Novalima on the international music map, holding the #1 spot on the US College Music Journal Latin Alternative and New World radio charts for ten weeks combined.
Novalima's latest record, Karimba was released in January of 2012, and introduces new sounds and traditional rhythms like the Panalivio, Zamacueca, Inga and Tondero, while maintaining their distinctive Afro and dub sound. NPR's World Cafe says the album "solidifies the band's reputation as a producer of music that's both accessible and danceable. The album incorporates African-inspired percussion that blends seamlessly with modern electronic beats and a wealth of historical influence."
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The Conga Room 800 West Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles, CA