28/09/2015Afro-Peruvian Soundsystem Novalima Reaches For The Stars

Fresh on the heels of last night's 'supermoon' lunar eclipse, we decided now would be the right time to introduce you to the otherworldly electronic sounds of pioneering Afro-Peruvian soundsystem Novalima and their latest album, suitably entitled “Planetario" (planetarium), released on Brooklyn's Wonderwheel Recordings back in June.

Initially founded by four friends from Lima, sharing a mutually deep passion for traditional Afro-Peruvian music and global DJ culture, Novalima produced their first album by file-sharing ideas at the dawn of the internet. Today they are a musical force to be reckoned with, bridging the gap between past and future, reconciling tradition and innovation, breaking down boundaries and uniting supposedly conflicting genres. While their focus remains underground, they are no longer strangers to the world music scene having garnered critical acclaim accross the globe from mainstream and underground outlets alike.

"Planetario" was created over the past two years, much of it on tour, with offerings from artists such Marc de Clive Lowe (UK/NZ), Panko from Ojos de Brujo (Spain), and Kumar (Cuban rapper based in Barcelona), during a remarkable recording session in Bogota, Colombia, organized by members of La-33 including Sidestepper vocalist Eka Muñoz, Pernett and La Mamba Negra.

Head over to Bandcamp to experience and stream "Planetario" in full and watch the animated video to "Beto Kele" below:

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom