Tribu Baharú Record Champeta Criolla in Washington, DC at Legendary Inner Ear Studios

Tribu Baharú, a Champeta criolla and global music band from Bogotá, Colombia, passed through Washington, DC while on tour in 2016 and recorded a couple songs in one spontaneous afternoon session at the legendary Inner Ear/Bastille studio, renowned for its output of seminal, trailblazing DC punk bands on Dischord Records like Fugazi and Minor Threat. Electric Cowbell Records is releasing the recording as exclusive Record Store Day limited-edition release 7” 45RPM vinyl single for Record Store Day on April 22.

Hailing from Bogotá, Colombia, Tribu Baharú is an afro-champeta music band whose sound has evolved from the Colombian Caribbean and is influenced by the “Pico” (sound system) culture of Barranquilla and Cartagena.

Champeta is a term that refers to a knife used by fishermen to remove fish scales and has been used to describe the music of Colombia’s Atlantic Coast that have taken it’s influences from Colombian folk music, Central African Soukous-Rhumba (congo), Soweto Township-Jive, and other Carribbean originated musics such as zouk, calipso, soca, compa and reggae.

Founded in 2009, Tribu Baharú has become one of the most important Afro-Champeta ensembles on the current international scene.

“From the joyful wailing of the guitar, to the characteristic barking dog samples, to the casual vocals en español, these tracks are pure champeta fire. If you happen to be in Austin, TX for South By South West, be sure to catch the group live! For more background on how Colombians from the Atlantic coast came to fall in love with African music from Congo and beyond, may we suggest this segment of our program The Money Show.  Long live la terapia criolla!” Afropop Worldwide

There are very few guarantees in life. But one of them must — must! — be that as soon as you hear “Made in Tribu Baharú,” you’ll start moving. (I promise.) NPR Music



Digital single release date: March 10, 2023
45RPM 7” release date: April 22, 2023
Tribu Baharú Booking North America: David Gaar
Electric Cowbell Records
PO Box 21580
Washington, DC 20009

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