Systema Solar London Debut

The group’s fusion of Afro-Caribbean rhythms and electronic beats have long been a staple of our dance floors over the years and now we can finally experience the magic live.

Their musical-visual shows have been developed with their own style that they call “Berbenautika”, inspired by the tradition of pikós (sound systems) and the verbena (popular festival). They recreate La Cumbia, El Fandango, La Champeta, El Bullerengue among others, mixing them through electronic tools with rhythms and cultural styles such as Hip Hop, House, Techno, Break beats, Scratching and live video.

We cannot think of a better space to present the full audio visual experience than the wonderful Village Underground in the heart of East London. This is one for the books!

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In collaboration with @mexibrits, @djgypsybox and @hackney_bridge we’ll bring to you two days of full on Mexican power at one of East London’s most exciting venues, with amazing outdoor spaces just a stone’s throw from Stratford station next to Hackney Wick.

Expect London’s best Mexican food traders, the finest, arts, crafts, clothing and more, in our Mex-Market along plenty of surprises, games and workshops across the site on both days. We will close Sunday with Cinco de Cumbia Fiesta ft Malphino & Guacamayo Tropical and Movimientos DJs

MexFest at Hackney Bridge
5/6 May 12-10pm
Free Entry

💃Cinco de Cumbia Fiesta 🕺 Block C – Hackney Bridge
5 May 8pm to 2am
£9-13 adv / £15 at the door.

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Romperayo UK Debut

Romperayo sounds like a fast moving musical journey through Colombian tropical folklore, a mischievous and modern interpretation of the psychedelic sounds of 70s cumbia and other tropical rhythms. Expect musical fireworks that don’t only move your hips and feet, but also direct your brain into a blissful mood.

Romperayo is part of the new Colombian music scene that re-interprets their roots in a fascinating way, combining both traditional rhythms and modern electronics. It’s bordering on utter weirdness, but at the same time very danceable and full of musical humor too. Other bands from this scene are Meridian Brothers, Frente Cumbiero and Los Pirañas. Pedro Ojeda, drummer of Romperayo, happens to be the drummer from Los Pirañas too as well as being a key member of the Ondatropica band alongside Quantic.

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Zaperoco Vibes

Your incredible energy, dance moves and love for the music created an electric atmosphere. Massive thanks for vibing with us 🙌🏾

We’ve got some incredible snapshots capturing the magic, check out our instagram post and make sure to share with friends.

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We could not have foreseen the musical delights 2023 has thrown our way with some of our favourite international and local acts and DJs over the course of the year ✨

Very grateful to all the vibes from YOU and to all our crew, friends, familia and all venues we’ve worked with 🙏

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Our Autumn schedule

We super excited to share our late summer / Autumn schedule – and a fitting way to celebrate the Movimientos 18th aniversario – over the years putting on countless grassroots and international live music shows, events and club nights … and we continue!

Appropriately we are kicking off the celebrations with a big Cumbia party THIS FRIDAY followed the week after by a journey to Bristol with the mighty Kumbia Boruka.

We are also co-hosting two very special events to mark 50 years since the military coup in Chile – one a Chilean Hip Hop special and the other celebrating the songs of the Chilean rock bands who drove the sounds of a new counterculture in the 80s.

There’s breathtaking Brazilian music with new generation artists Bia Ferreira (alongside our friends at Mama Sound) and João Selva. Experimental sounds from Argentina with Santiago Cordoba.

Special guests from Colombia are arriving to join Bullerengue crew Akolá Tambó at Hootananny alongside one of our favourite DJs Cami Layé Okún for a big party at our Brixton home.

And we are delighted to host a UK debut for Colombian singer songwriter Briela Ojeda (tickets on sale this Thursday) for a very intimate show.

Further into November two very hot tickets are one of our favourite UK Latinx artists Desta French with a rare London show … as well as HUGE Argentinian Cumbia orchestra La Delio Valdez for the UK debut!!!

Not forgetting a special guest from Mexico joining the party for a Día de Muertos fiesta in Soho (more details soon!)

Thanks to all our partners and the venues for their collaborations and of course our audience for your amazing support – in the current climate it’s not easy putting on these shows so feel free to share widely.

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Stephanie Santiago New Single

Following on from the hit track ‘Alma Carnavalera’ with 300k + streams on Spotify ‘Campo de Minas’ is the new track from Stephanie Santiago – a fusion of Bossa ballad and Afro-Brazilian grooves as part of a series of releases that sees her explore her Latin American heritage, revealing a new sound informed by life in London and Latin American lineage.


Produced alongside her regular collaborator Andres Pascua, the musical inspiration came about from Steph and Andres’s common love for Brazilian music. Whereas her previous two tracks took their cue from Colombia inspired by Cumbia and Bullerengue this time there’s more of a Brazilian influence, eschewing the synth / electronic sounds and programmed drums for a more acoustic and percussive sound. 

The track features Colombian percussion and rhythm sign language band La Legión (based in Bogotá, Colombia) which was live directed and arranged by Jorge Arciniegas who thought of bringing the elements of samba reggae that worked perfectly with the South American and African instrumentation of the percussion ensemble. The percussion was recorded live at the State of The Art recording studio Altar Audio in Bogotá, Colombia.

About the song’s subject matter Stephanie says “What inspired me lyrically was a situation where one day I was working as a mobile hairstylist in a household of yuppie brits.. I was disregarded in conversational topics and experienced racial microaggressions..  I was not exactly hurt by this but it more or less enforced the idea that race and class discrimination prevails in modern society.. just in a more subtle way.”

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Movimientos Takeover @ Ealing Jazz Festival

Along side continental drifts, Movimientos has curated a massively exciting line up of Latinx and Latin American and global sounds inspired live acts for Sunday (30th July) at the South Stage of Ealing Jazz Festival featuring the psychedelic Latin dance music of Triana y Hermana Juana, the sweet Neo Soul of Rosa Cecilia, organic – electronic improvisations from Intervention, the Chicha-afrodelic vibes of Imperio Bamba, and the cinematic grooves of Gran Fergo. And the festival also hosts the mighty Steamdown and Soweto Kinch for what will be an unmissable day of eclectic live music.

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The double header you’ve been waiting for

Movimientos & Woodburner present a daytime tropical-rave with two titans of Latin America’s electronic scene: Chancha Via Circuito and El Búho. To kick off summer in the late-May bank holiday weekend, we’re delighted to host a special 4 hour set from these two pioneers playing together in the UK for the very first time, in the garden of one of South East London’s finest music spots.


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Xaman X’s Debut EP – ¡Out Now!

Xaman X were born as a support band for the Midnight Ritual club night playing alongside national and international DJs and bands coming to Bristol for truly tropical parties. Thus their agenda was clear from the get go: they needed to warm up the crowd, limb by limb. Since then they’ve gone on to play many of the UK’s biggest festivals including Shambala, Tropical Pressure & Secret Garden Party.

The group’s four members were brought together by a shared love for tropical psychedelia and cumbia, and it’s these sounds that come to the fore on their debut EP. “Distraido” kicks things off, a nonchalant cumbia rebajada (slow cumbia) with flecks of charango, driving bass and cosmic effects, that wills us all to slow down and take a moment out of our busy lives. It’s prime Latin American folktronica, think Chancha Via Circuito or El Búho, but with Marta Zu’s lead vocals recalling Lido Pimienta’s more club-ready features.

It’s followed by “Hoy”, the rhythm shifting up a gear, and now with flute and percussion sparring with synth and bass in that ageless organic versus electronic instrumental battle. It’s a track that the group describe as a “celebration to life” and a “call to be positive” that invites the listener to “expel the bad and burn fears through singing and dancing”. The final track, “Cafe & Banana”, ups the tempo even further. It’s a track created with their live shows, known for their hyper-visual approach with lights, sets and costumes galore, in mind, a merging of old rituals and postmodern parody, as represented by the song’s chorus: “Coffee and Bananas, in the morning and in the night”.

Xaman X’s distinctive approach stems from the group’s myriad backgrounds: synths and bass are courtesy of Pablo Villierezz, aka Panther Panther!, a visual artist and musician from Mexico; Spanish-Peruvian paleobiologist Susana Gutarra is responsible for guitar, charango and flute; local Bristolian percussionist Jackson Lapes, known for his work with Worm Disco Club and maracatu collective Afon Sistema; and Spanish singer and artist Marta Zubieta completing the line-up on vocals.

The Xaman X EP is out now on Movimientos Records 





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