Systema Solar is a musical-visual collective from the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Systema Solar came together at the end of 2006 for a performance at the opening ceremony of the biennial of contemporary art of Medellin MDE07, since then, the group has performed all over Colombia and, in 2009, produced its first record titled Systema Solar.
Their third album, Rumbo a Tierra, is out now on Nacional Records.
Alive with the spirit of the Colombian piko culture (sound systems style performances), the members of the group create, adapt and reinvent different music. They recycle the afro Caribbean and folkloric styles of music of Colombia such as cumbia, bullerengue, porro and champeta, fusing these different styles through electronic tools and combining them with contemporary rhythms and cultural styles such as hip hop, house, techno, breakbeat, breakdance, and turntablism.
The first single from the new album is called “Rumbera”, dedicated to women of all shapes and sizes. The album contains a total of eleven songs that pay homage to the dance, happy lifestyles, and festivals of neighborhoods of the Colombia of the Caribbean coast. “Rumbera's lyrics are a call to dance, they are about the happiness of the people, a call to live the moment, to enjoy the joy that comes from the people being together," says Jhon Primera, vocalist of the band.
The album also took Systema Solar into new musical territory. “The new album, Rumbo a Tierra, was the perfect opportunity for the band to experiment with instruments that we hadn't used before, like the vallenato box. It's highly influenced by the legends of Carribean music, including singer and composer Abelardo Carbono, popularly known as the godfather of champeta" Primera says.
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