NPR logo

Guest DJ: Bomba Estereo

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/136220508/136207903" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Guest DJ: Bomba Estereo

Guest DJs

Guest DJ: Bomba Estereo

Guest DJ: Bomba Estereo

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/136220508/136207903" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Simon Mejia. Roger Kisby/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Roger Kisby/Getty Images

Simon Mejia.

Roger Kisby/Getty Images

English / Spanish

Bomba Estereo bassist and bandleader Simon Mejia told us the first time he heard Liliana Saumet sing, he felt an instinctive pull toward a voice that had something special. Such is the vision of a musician driven to produce the music he hears in his head.

We got a glimpse of the DNA behind that vision when Mejia sat down with us in NPR's studios to spin some of his favorite tunes as a guest DJ.

It's not surprising that much of the music he brought along is from Colombia and Africa. The early successes of his band are the result of embracing Colombia's Afro-Colombian and hip-hop cultures.

Mejia's playlist is rich with tradition, and there's a good chance you've never heard any of the cuts. But like a previous Guest DJ, Geko Jones, Mejia is acutely tuned into the nonstop grooves behind traditional vocals and instruments.

Though Mejia and Saumet are co-architects of Bomba Estereo's sound, when the band performs live, it's the animated Saumet who is the main visual attraction. During our Guest DJ session, Mejia was characteristically quiet and subdued, almost to the point of shyness.

Article continues after sponsorship

That's not always a great fit for radio. But in this case, it was just the right tone to set for a collection of music that has shaped not only Bomba Estereo's sound, but also the musical profile of Colombia.

———————————————————————————————-

English / Spanish

Esta Semana En Alt.Latino: Invitado Especial Simón Mejía

Según Simon Mejia, bajista y líder de la popular banda colombiana Bomba Estereo, la primera vez que escuchó cantar a la vocalista Liliana Saumet, sintió una instintiva atracción hacia esa voz tan especial. Esa es la visión de un artista apasionado por producir la música que existe en su imaginación.

Recientemente Mejia nos visitó para hablarnos sobre como construyeron Bomba Estereo, y también compartió con nosotros algunas de sus canciones favoritas del momento.

No es ninguna sorpresa que mucha de la música que compartió con nosotros proviene de Colombia y África. El éxito de la banda tiene mucho que ver con su habilidad de fusionar el hip-hop y la música electrónica con la fuerte tradición de música afro-colombiana.

A pesar de que tanto Mejia como Saumet son los arquitectos de Bomba Estereo, cuando la banda toca en vivo, es la energía de Saumet que llama la atención. Durante su visita, tuvimos la oportunidad de conocer mejor a Mejia: es un hombre callado, discreto, casi se podría decir que tímido.

No es el tipo de personalidad que suele oírse en la radio—pero en esta ocasión fue un perfecto acompañante para escuchar una colección de música que ha moldeado a Bomba Estereo,y a toda Colombia.

This Week On Alt.Latino: Guest DJ Simon Mejia

Cover for Blow Up

Fuego

  • from Blow Up
  • by Bomba Estéreo

Watch the video:

YouTube
Cover for Rama De Tamarindo

Rama De Tamarindo

  • from Rama De Tamarindo
  • by Son Malagana

Watch this traditional song performed and danced by locals in Palenque, Colombia:

YouTube
Cover for Palenque

Palenque

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/136220508/136184259" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Palenque

  • from Palenque
  • by Abelardo Carbona Y Su Conjunto
Cover for Radioclit Presents: The Sound Of Club Secousse, Vol. 1

Xipereta

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/136220508/136184241" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Xipereta

  • from Radioclit Presents: The Sound Of Club Secousse, Vol. 1
  • by Thomas Chauke

Buy Featured Music

Song
Radioclit Presents: The Sound Of Club Secousse, Vol. 1
Album
Radioclit Presents: The Sound Of Club Secousse, Vol. 1
Artist
Thomas Chauke
Label
Crammed Disc US

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Cover for Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa

Ntombi Ya Mugaza

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/136220508/136184300" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Ntombi Ya Mugaza

  • from Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa
  • by Zinja Hlungwani

Watch the Shangaan music dance style:

YouTube

Buy Featured Music

Song
Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa
Album
Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa
Artist
Zinja Hlungwani
Label
Honest Jon's Records/Forced Ex
Released
2010

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Cover for Alternative Takes On Congotronics, Tradi-Mods vs Rockers, Vol.1

Masikulu Dub

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/136220508/136184166" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Masikulu Dub

  • from Alternative Takes On Congotronics, Tradi-Mods vs Rockers, Vol.1
  • by Mark Ernestus vs Konono No.1

Buy Featured Music

Song
Alternative Takes On Congotronics, Tradi-Mods vs Rockers, Vol.1
Album
Alternative Takes On Congotronics, Tradi-Mods vs Rockers, Vol.1
Artist
Mark Ernestus vs Konono No.1

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Cover for Kubeo

Kubeo

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/136220508/136184704" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Kubeo

  • from Kubeo
  • by Mucho Indio
Cover for Boomslang

Boomslang

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/136220508/136184211" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Boomslang

  • from Boomslang
  • by LV ft. Okmalumkoolkat

Watch the video:

YouTube

Purchase Featured Music

Buy Featured Music

Album
Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa
Artist
Zinja Hlungwani
Label
Honest Jon's Records/Forced Ex
Released
2010

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?