Hailing from Palenque, the first free black town in the Americas, Kombilesa Mi overlays traditional Colombian rhythms and instruments with lyrics in both Spanish and their local language, Palenquero.
The result: an electrifying fusion.
About Kombilesa Mí
Kombilesa Mí is born from the rich musical and historical heritage of San Basilio de Palenque, the first free black town in the Americas, fuses the traditional sounds of the community with urban music. Members of Kombilesa Mí like Afroneto, KRMP, Mc Pm, and others, experiment with the possibilities of the instruments introduced to them when they were young, the very ones created by their ancestors and layer them with new sounds. The instrumentation includes traditional drums, their own creations of metal handmade drums, the marímbula and they rhyme and rap in Spanish and the traditional Palenquera language, a fusion with African Bantu, Portuguese, French, and English. The new genre is called RFP, which stands for Rap Folklorico Palenquero and includes cumbia, son de negro, mápale and son palenquero. Kombilesa Mí's work has been recognized with nominations for best newcomer artist in 2018, and they made their first international tour, “Ri palengue pa to enú”, debuting in Chicago, Washington, New York, Maryland and Austin.
This event was made possible thanks to support from the Barbara Barnard Smith World Music Fund.