MALPHINO

LOCATION:
Cumbia

BOOKING EMAIL:
music@movimientos.org.uk

Malphino

Malphino are an outer-national, mystical band from an imaginary tropical island that have dreamt up a cinematic score and audio backdrop to their idyll. A promised land of hypnotic cumbia rhythms, subtle digital warbling, accordion textures, voodoo vapours and woodblock charm awaits the off piste explorer willing to step through the arch and Visit Malphino, the debut album from this London based collective of musicians and visual artists.

As source material of traditional Latin American music and cumbia, has over the years, etched itself in the global tracks of music, London has simultaneously become a meeting point and international canvas for new tropical concoctions. And it is the capital that has provided the nourishment for Malphino to flourish – members of the Malphino collective come from Japan, Malaysia, Colombia, France, Philippines and the UK. It is testament to the open-minded nature of record label Lex (MF Doom, BadBadNotGood, Kate Tempest) who have given Malphino a stage to transcend the borders of Latin America and the London music venue where it all began.

The joyous, often frenetic, style of cumbia that Malphino have landed on, tips its hat to the various denominations of modern cumbia movements worldwide yet carves its own unique, transcendental spin on the genre. Reinterpreting the traditional Colombian banda, playing organ, accordion and tuba, their sound integrates an array of percussion and rhythms from either side of the Pacific ocean with a strong emphasis on East-Asian folkloric traditions alongside the distinctive origins of Brazilian forró, 1930’s Cuban rumba, Peruvian chicha and cumbia in a myriad of styles. This heady mix of volcanic sounds is given extra potency by a fluid use of electronic sequencing, with reverb and echo effects laced into the melodic lines and vocals to recreate the dreamlike rapture of their magical island.

Malphino have played multiple festivals and venues across the UK including Rich Mix, Hootananny Brixton, Jazz Cafe and festival stages at Bestival, Secret Garden Party and Carnaval del Pueblo.They have also promoted their own special events which include parties at their self-styled Republica de Malphino embassy.

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30 June 2019

NYC Salsa With Grupo Magnético

We team up with Jazz Cafe to present a summer Sunday session dedicated to the colourful world of New York salsa in the company of Grupo Magnético, hailed as one of the most exciting new voices in Latin music.

6 July 2019

Love Carnival with DJ Jigüe, DJ Galletas Calientes & Diva

Love Carnival is back and this time we’re going north of the river to one of our favourite spaces in the capital, Five Miles. Bringing more tropical goodness with DJ Jigüe, the Cuban mastermind behind Gilles Peterson’s latest Havana Cultura project, Colombian label boss DJ Galletas Calientes and Diva, we can’t wait to set the vibes right with one the best sound systems around!

12 July 2019

Somos Guerreras: Rebeca Lane, Nakury, Audry Funk - London debut!

Founded as a series of workshops, talks and concerts for the empowerment of women in Central American and Mexican hip-hop culture, Somos Guerreras was soon consolidated as a collective of seasoned artists comprised of rappers Rebeca Lane (Guatemala), Nakury (Costa Rica) and Audry Funk (Mexico). From the beginning, the crew has focused on providing spaces of reflection, honing in on the challenges faced by women in hip-hop to find creative solutions and establish new alliances.

13 July 2019

The Bongo Hop + Imperio Bamba

Movimientos return to the Hootananny for a night of powerful Afro-Latin sounds. Fresh off the back of their latest album release we are incredibly excited to welcome The Bongo Hop as they take us on a transatlantic journey through the sounds of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora, alongside Imperio Bamba, the London based group whose Latin American roots are championed through their psychedelic cumbia sounds.