The Karamba is a musical group formed by six women from Venezuela, Cuba, Catalonia, Panama, and Argentina. It is a multicultural mix that creates a new, special and powerful musical color.
Between the chaos, traffic, the city, and stress, they joined in 2018 with the name of the Karamba on the streets of Barcelona. Of the need to acquire strength, get rid of fears, and spread joy, members share their way of understanding music to claim the strength of women.
Together they have been strengthened, combining rhythms and tunes in order to compose a single melody that fuses son, chachachá, salsa, timba, and rap rhythms. Enthusiastic melodies that explode with effusion and a powerful message of protest and feminine sovereignty that transmits the full force of past generations who championed the feminist fight and change.
Since their union, and in just two years, the Karamba has become one of the most internationally recognized bands at large festivals in Europe. They were especially noted for their performance at the Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS) 2020, which is the most important professional music festival in Europe that takes place in Holland, and also at the Flawa Festival in London. They have also got Catalan audiences to fall in love with their presence at renowned festivals such as the Black Music Festival, Bioritme, Clownia, and the Esperanzah Festival, among many others.
The lyrics of their songs talk about the stories of all those women who kept silent, were under the shadow, fought alone during the course of history, and who could not explain. Now the Karamba endorse these stories in their new album “Camino Así” (Guspira Records, 2021).
The record starts off with “Presentes”, which is a clear declaration of intent. Through the music for the eponymous poem by Guisela López, they remark their values, objectives, and principles to the rhythm of a rumba tonada in collaboration with Erik Castillo, director of the group Compota de Manana.
One of the values that take on special importance is gender equality. The Karamba leads us with a cha cha to the life of “Margarita”, a grandmother addicted to freedom. In the song “No Sabe Nah” they take a more vindicatory position, and together with singer Paula Grande, they call for the power of women. With a Trap base, they surprise us with a change in the register as they opt for electronic sounds that make a substantive difference from the rest of the songs.
The band is characterized by its constancy reflected in “Voy Subiendo” with the collaboration of trumpeter Yuri Hernández and trombonist Albert Costa. Slowly but steadily, the Karamba work to draw their path cut out for them. A path where they leave behind everything that weighs on them and does not work. In “Pasa la página” they look up to a relationship that is destined to fail.
With a salsa song that warms up in each beat, they encourage to look to the future with optimism and to overcome everything that has thrown them. Finally, in “Basta Ya“, the Karamba remove all social pressure and the alleged dogmas stipulated to be successful in life.
In “El Beso“, the first song they composed as a band, they remind us to love each other with intensity and continue the journey to the “Sabana”, a reflection on the frenzied pace of life that we talk. On a busy day-to-day basis, the Karamba invite you with their album “Camino Así” to relax, forget all the troubles and see the world in their own way following their tempo.
“Camino Así”, their first album, will be available on March 4th in physical and digital formats.
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