“Bumaranga” is a word that African slaves brought to Colombia, used to designate certain musical groups. It was natural for Juan Sebastian Quiros to select this name to designate this Afro-Colombia musical fusion project.
Bumaranga is a project offering a blend of typical Colombia flutes and percussions with a modern touch provided by electric instruments. The result is a fusion of sounds from the roots of Afro-Colombian music and its essence, along with the African and indigenous influence marked by penetrating and highly rhythmic beats. The result is a rich musical style with authentic sounds: the captivating beats provided by traditional drums such as the tambora and the alegre drum truly stand out, encouraging dancing and sharing in a festive atmosphere.
With beats such as cumbia, puya, tambora and mapalé, each show by Bumaranga is an invitation to discover and appreciate the musical flavours of Colombia mixed with new trends.
Bumaranga is working to safeguard and disseminate Afro-Colombian music in Canada. It aims to share the cultural wealth of Afro-hybrid music born in South America, contributing to musical diversity in Canada.
The group won the 2013 Syli d’Or of world music, the CIBL Radio award, a Coup de cœur award from the Francofolies festival in the 2013 Vision Diversité hybrid music showcase and a 2013 Vivacité Montréal bursary issued by the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec to work on its first album, called Cumbia Electrizante.
The group is currently working on new pieces to be added to its second production.