For the second consecutive year, NPR teamed up with globalFEST in January 2021 for a thrilling online music festival we call Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST: three nights, nine bands, and a world of musical traditions hosted by African pop star Angélique Kidjo. Now, we're posting all the sets from our festival as individual Tiny Desk (home) concerts.
Born and raised in the deep outskirts of Mexico City, the three Gama brothers are keeping alive the rich legacy of marimba music running through their family. Originally performing alongside their father at local events as kids, they now find themselves at the forefront of the contemporary international cumbia scene with their sonic explorations of the classic marimba.
From the Salón Los Ángeles in Mexico City, this quintet urges listeners to their feet with their unique style of garage-marimba-cumbia rock, played on the historic marimba like no one has ever heard or seen before. --The globalFEST staff
- "La Tortuga del Arenal"
- "Cumbia Pa' Tu Madre"
- "Ay David!"
- "Los Chucos Suaves"
- Mongo: marimba, vocals
- Kacho: marimba, vocals
- Kilos: marimba, vocals
- Ritchie: drums
- Raul: bass, vocals
- Gil Gutierrez: guest performer, guitar
- Macha: guest performer, vocals
- Production: Timothy Bisig, Nicolas Segovia Becerril
- Audio: Oscar Garcia, Eduardo Morales, Pablo García Aguilar
- Video: Abraham Damian Estrada Cruz, Pablo Cavia
- Special thanks: Miguel Nieto, The Staff of the Salón Los Ángeles
Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST
Tiny Desk Team
Producer: Bob Boilen
Video Producer: Maia Stern
Audio Mixing: Josh Rogosin
Tiny Production Team: Bobby Carter, Kara Frame, Joshua Bryant, Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis
Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann
globalFEST Artistic Team
Co-Directors: Shanta Thake, Isabel Soffer, Bill Bragin
2022 Curators: Shanta Thake, Isabel Soffer, Bill Bragin, Gabrielle Davenport
globalFEST Production Team
Event Producer: Ian Thake
Producer: THE OFFICE performing arts + film*
Video Producer: Karim Tabbaa
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