Hard hitting horns funkin’ up 50s style Cumbia, a tight rhythm section dissecting Afro-Colombian progressions, skankin’ guitars infusing reggae grooves, and a front man recreating the ancient mythological stories of Colombia all intertwine to create what is now Melbourne’s unique 9-piece Latin Reggae outfit Madre Monte.
Madre Monte’s sound is representative of Colombia’s unique culture, a marbled ancestry of African, Indigenous and European descent, a product of a long and dark history of colonization, slave trade and migration. They have cleverly discovered the perfect unison between these Afro-Colombian styles and their cousin and neighbour, reggae. Through their music Madre Monte give a history lesson in travelling sounds, rhythms, instruments and the power of music to stay true to its roots yet adapt accordingly to new environments. The band was formed in 2008 and represents the old-school sound of their musically rich homelands with a distinctive contemporary flare.
After years performing to crowds at festivals around the Victoria, residencies at some of Melbourne’s most notorious music institutions, a tour of Tasmania and NSW, and selling out their debut EP – ‘Reaction’, Madre Monte have turned it up a notch and released their second EP ‘Raza:Madre’ in May 2012, to a sold out crowd at the Northcote Social Club.
The band plans to release their debut full-length album in March 2014, which will include their original take on modern South American music, this time mixing in with some electronic elements that will keep Madre Monte’s sound progressing into the future.
Port Fairy Folk Festival (2011 – 2013), St Kilda Festival (2011 – 2013), Viva Victoria (2011), MONA FOMA (2012), AWME (2012), Moomba (2012), Suzuki Night Market (2011), Sydney Road Street Party (2012), Cygnet Folk Festival (2012), Johnston St Fiesta 2009/2011, support for ChocQuibTown (Colombia) and La 33 (Colombia)
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by Carlo Santone.