Ska Fuentes

It's time to stop thinking of musical genres as having a direct correlation with a city, a country, a place.

Take Cumbia. Essentially a Colombian art form, the style has shifted and evolved to leave a stain across the bulk of Central and South America. Entranced, British producer Will Holland decided to move to Colombia to soak up the sounds of Cumbia at first hand.

Transformed into one of the genre's most powerful advocates, Will Holland recently hooked up with Soundway to launch the Ondatropica project.

A loose knit collection of musicians, their output is essentially Cumbia but contains nods towards salsa, ska and even Black Sabbath. The sessions came with a simple mission statement: “to re-interpret the tropical musical heritage of Colombia with new approaches in composition, arrangement and production in a classic and mythical setting.”

The collective's debut album is set to drop next week (July 16th) and Ondatropica have organised a special launch show. Due to play material from their upcoming album, the band will be joined by recent Soundway signing KonKoma and label head Miles Cleret.

As a special preview, ClashMusic have been handed a quick download. 'Ska Fuentes' uses a rhythm straight out of Kingston, Jamaica but with a neat Cumbia twist. Joining the dots between Jamaican and Colombian rhythms, this is an irresistible piece of cross-national dance music.

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