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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Cecilia Vicuna: Brain Forest Quipu

Chilean artist and poet Cecilia Vicuna brings her new work to the iconic Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern, and Movimientos have programmed the accompanying DJ sets, taking place in the Terrace bar in the Blavatnik building!


Vicuna has transformed the space into a Brain Forest Quipu. Quipus – strands of thread laden with knots and used as a recording device – were in use for hundreds of years in pre-Hispanic Andean cultures. These devices helped build and sustain civilisations by recording tax payments, census records, calenders, militaristic organisation amongst many other uses. Vicuna recreates these ancient devices writ large, and surrounds them with other multi-media installations – sound, video and music – to mourn the destruction of nature and the loss of Indigenous history and culture.


Vicuna writes that “the Earth is a brain forest, and the quipu embraces all its interconnections.” In this spectacular and thoughtful exhibition the artists asks us to consider the impact of climate catastrophe, and what we can do to come together in the spirit of repair.


Movimientos will take over the Bar Terrace with performances from DJs Bushbby, Cal Jader and Ritmos Cholulteka from 6pm – 9:30pm on the 28th October.

No ticket is required for admission to the exhibition.

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PAPAYA Fest 2022

7th-15th October

Movimientos help celebrate the closing night of the festival of Latinx culture.


Our friends at PAPAYA Fest return to Bristol for a week of cultural unity, celebrating Latinx talent and thought from throughout the UK. 


Founded by Bristol-based all-female art collective Popelei, this year’s festival brings the broadest array of new theatre, music, film and talks yet, all across one jam-packed week! This second edition of the festival displays just some of the hugely diverse range of Latinx art and theory found in the UK. PAPAYA Fest platforms a proudly LGBTQIA+ friendly message and champions female voices within its unique fusion of British and Latin American cultures.


British-Venezeulan founder and artistic director of Popelei, Tamsin Hurtado Clarke says “It’s great to bring PAPAYA Fest back to the city and celebrate all the wonderful things that happen when two cultures, inspired by one another, come together.”


Taking place at The Wardrobe Theatre and The Old Market Assembly, this years line up includes three shows coming straight off the back of rave reviews from Edinburgh Fringe, a screening and discussion of documentary film Santiago Rising, as well as talks from some of the preeminent minds in Latin American thought and journalism in the UK, and plenty more. 


The closing night on Saturday 15th October will be a vibrant and vivacious ending to the festival. Movimientos familia Desta French and DJ Bushbby are performing alongside Movimientos’ own DJ Cal Jader, in a night of infectious tropical bass and relentless Latin grooves. After a week of honouring Latin culture around the UK, what better way to end than by dancing and partying with some of the hottest UK Latin music talent around? Movimientos could not be prouder to be a part of it! 


If you want to know more about PAPAYA Fest, and the shows and events on that week, follow the link or watch the official trailer below.


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