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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20 April 2018

Tropical Pressure Festival London Launch

Back in Brixton for another funky, eclectic, tropically fired fiesta… this time welcoming Tropical Pressure Festival for their London launch party. Get ready for a fiery blend of African and Latin rhythms, roaring brass, funky bass and a psychedelic accordion! We welcome Afla Sackey & Afrik Bawantu, led by Ghanaian vocalist and djembe drummer, Afla Sackey. Plus Pollito Boogaloo bringing Afro-Colombian tropical vibes with their mix of Cumbia, Vallenato and Puya and Tropical Pressure DJs with a selection of tunes celebrating the rich cultures of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

21 April 2018

¡Muévete! April

Muévete is a monthly fiesta in West London - a mash-up of dancefloor heavy Latin beats, tropical bass with the spirit of carnival. This month we welcome special guests Philips man & Lolo mc for a little Cuban flair!

5 May 2018

Cinco de Mayo

Celebrating Cinco De Mayo with a mix of international live music, DJs, female Mariachis, traditional dance, food and decor with a Mexican twist! Borchi y Su Doble Redoble come direct from Mexico fusing hip hop breaks with brass band fire, Malphino launch their highly anticipated debut LP with a mystical blend of tropical rhythms and all female group Mariachi Las Adelitas bring their unique mariachi flavour to Pop Brixton. With traditional dance from Mestizo Folklore and Atlachinolli Aztec Dance whilst DJs Coco Maria, Borchi, and Cal Jader bring the vibes from the decks before and after, keeping you moving throughout the day and night!

12 May 2018

Big Ben Jorge + Manzana Tropical + Edd Bateman’s West African Love Affair

A night of tropical rhythms, inspired by the rich music of Latin America and Western Africa! Big Ben Jorge bring the party and infectious groove with their explosive Samba Funk, Manzana Tropical give a London sensibility to Peruvian Chicha and Edd Bateman's West African Love Affair pay tribute to West African rhythms. As always, Movimientos DJs will be keeping things moving before and after.