The Bazurto All Stars: La Banda de Cartagena

from Shawn Choi

Join us on September 30, 2022 as we welcome the Bazurto All Stars to Flushing Town Hall all the way from Cartegena, Colombia!

The Bazurto All Stars have their own unique sound which comes from the mixing of African Champeta, folkloric and electronic music with cumbia, vallenato, reggae, ska and even symphonic music. They have dubbed this fusion "La Champeta Universal" or “Universal Champeta” which has allowed champeta to cross social, cultural, and language barriers to evolve and adapt to a variety of musical styles. The result has been a string of hits like "LA MANGUERA", "EL BOLOLO", "ME FALLA EL WIFI", "LA REINA DEL BAILE" and "LA PUPILETA". This last song broke all of the rules and expectations within the genre and reached markets that more traditional champeta had never entered, becoming the official song of the Carnaval of Barranquilla (the largest after Rio) in 2016 and becoming one of the most recognized songs within Colombia in 2016 and 2017.

Since 2009, the band’s music tells the story of daily life in the working-class neighborhoods in the heart of Cartagena, "EL MERCADO DE BAZURTO" or "THE BAZURTO MARKET", the epicenter of the colors, taste and sounds of Africa and the Caribbean. Known as the “Maquina de la Sabrosura Pura” or “Pure Party Machine” and the best champeta band in Colombia, these 7 musicians have an unrivaled stage show within the Colombian musical scene. Their show is explosive, full of energy and dancing, that hooks the public from the first note. They were awarded the prestigious "Congo de Oro" from the Carnaval of Barranquilla on three occasions (2016, 2018, and 2019). They also won the Premio Shock in 2016. Several of their songs hit #1 on the top radio stations in Colombia. They collaborated with top artists Peter Manjarrés, Kvrass, and Wilfran Castillo on the songs "CARNAVAL DE AMOR", "LA MUCHACHITA" and "EL REMIX DE LA BORRACHERA". They also performed alongside the symphonic group "LA SINFONICA DE BOLIVAR" with the first "CHAMPETA SINFONICA", a special production called "A Mi Manera", granting them concerts nationwide.

El viernes 30 de septiembre, The Bazurto All Stars , conocida como la latina “máquina de fiestas”, viajará desde Cartagena, Colombia, para llevar la energía de la champeta al escenario del Flushing Town Hall.

La champeta es un género musical y danza que se originó en la costa caribeña de Colombia a principios de la década de 1980. Los Bazurto All Stars han creado su propio sonido distintivo que proviene de la mezcla de champeta africana, música folclórica y electrónica, cumbia, vallenato, reggae, ska e incluso música sinfónica. Han llamado a esta fusión especial "La Champeta Universal" o " Universal Champeta", porque ha permitido que la champeta traspase las barreras sociales, culturales y de idioma y se adapte a una variedad de estilos musicales. (from )

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