Read Related: 10 Top Latino Artists & How They Climbed to the TopOndatrópica was created to explore and build on the purest, rawest sounds of Colombia. For three weeks in January 2012, at the famous Discos Fuentes studios in Medellín, a group of renowned Colombian musicians joined a group of younger musicians that included members of both Galeano’s band, Frente Cumbiero, and Quantic’s, Combo Barbaro. The vision, in their words, was to: “reinterpret the tropical musical heritage of Colombia with new approaches in composition, arrangement and production in a classic and mythical setting.”
2012 promises a similar sonic revitalization in the Latin music world—only this time it is the sultry sound of Colombia that gets to shine, thanks to the work and mission of Mario Galeano, the talent behind the band Frente Cumbiero; and British producer Will Holland (aka Quantic). The duo have joined forces to create the Ondatrópica project, with an aim to meld and celebrate well-known tropical Colombian styles such as cumbia, porro, gaita and champeta, and make them clash head-on with boogaloo, ska, beat-box, hip hop, dub and funk.