Bullerengue All Stars
4 of the most renowned and talented maestros from Colombia sharing ancestral tonadas and powerful drumming: Emelina Reyes (La Burgos) daughter of the legendary bullerengue singer Graciela Salgado from San Basilio de Palenque and carrier of the ancestral legacy from the Salgado and Valdez families. Yarley Escudero (El Happy) one of the most versatile and talented bullerengue practitioners in the region, he is the carrier of the ancestral legacy from the Escudero family, the traditional bullerengue practitioners of Turbo, Antioquia. Franklin Hernandez (Lukumi) master drummer from San Basilio de Palenque, he has played with countless renowned maestros in Colombia including Rafael Cassiani, Ceferina Banquez, La Burgos and Nelda Piña. Dely Prem dancer from Turbo, Antioquia, she is currently the main dancer of ‘Corazon de Tambó’, one of the leading bullerengue groups in the region.
Bullerengue All Stars
DJ Cami Layé Okun
DJ Cal Jader
With their trance-inducing Bullerengue, Akolá Tambó present a blaze of traditional Afro-Colombian beats that will take you on a journey to reconnect to the root. A high dose of drums, dance and mantra-like chants gives birth to this ancestral ritual in which everyone is invited to take part, unify their voices and become one.
Created in London in 2020 under the leadership of Esteban Card and Valeria Pacific, Akolá Tambó’s objective is to reconstruct, through practice, the ancestral knowledge of bullerengue in order to become its ambassador in the UK. With its drums and its call and response chants, which induce a trance-like state, it aims to rescue this ancestral ritual from oblivion and share its healing power with the world.
Having performed at various venues and events, Akolá Tambó has fast become a reference within London’s Latin Community and has been invited to perform at some of its most important stages such as CASA Latinx Multidisciplinary Festival, Latinx Life Festival and Fusión de los Pueblos.
Since 2019, she has quickly established herself as one of London’s Latin music scene’s torchbearers, showcasing an explosive blend of Dancehall, Reggaeton, Cumbia, Champeta and Dembow, inspired by the Colombian-Caribbean and UK sound systems she grew up around.
Dedicated to nurturing the Latinx scene, she founded Candela Viva and Epoka, platforms that celebrate the culture’s roots, music, and people through regular events.
Friday 29th September 2023