Title: Ghetto Kumbé
Artist: Ghetto Kumbé
Label: ZZK Records
Format: CD, LP, Digital
Release Date: July 31, 2020
Hailing from Colombia’s Caribbean coast, the threesome of Ghetto Kumbé infuse the traditional music of their home with futuristic electronic touches. The group’s self-titled debut album, released on Latin American electronic label ZZK, chronicles a tale of love, loss, and revolution.
In each track on Ghetto Kumbé, the trio’s Columbian roots are prominent. Caribbean house beats and Afro-Colombian rhythms form the base of their songs, combined with UK Bass scene-inspired production courtesy of co-producer The Busy Twist. The album’s latest single, “Tambó,” is a melancholy and introspective look at sincere love and loss while another single, “Vamo a Dale Duro,” is a fiery critique of capitalism, income inequality, and political corruption.
Throughout their eponymous album, Ghetto Kumbé seamlessly transition between futuristic electronic production styles and Colombian-inspired ancestral chants, blistering lyrical criticisms and nostalgic ballads.
Reviewed by Chloe McCormick