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Tropical Futurism. Cumbia-not-cumbia.
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tropical futurism.


Rooted in Colombia and based in New York, Combo Chimbita lives in the future. After playing together for years, these first-generation New Yorkers—powerhouse vocalist Carolina Oliveros, synth and bassist Prince of Queens, guitarist Niño Lento, and drummer Dilemastronauta—began experimenting with different traditional musical styles during their late night residencies at Barbès in Brooklyn. Exploring the connections between visual identity and improvisational long-form trips, Combo Chimbita came together as a four-piece band after they started encouraging more vocals by Carolina Oliveros, who tightens the rhythm with her guacharaca.


Stephanie Orentas
Europe/UK Booking: 
Nikita Lavrinenko
Americas, Australia and Asia: 
Judd Hower


Drums, Vocals
Niño Lento
Guitar, Vocals
Prince of Queens
Bass, synths, Vocals
Carolina Oliveros
Lead Vocals, Guacharaca


“Although their backgrounds are in heavy rock, metal, and psychedelic funk and soul, they gleefully fuse elements from cumbia, 70s funaná from Cape Verde, kompa from Haiti, mixing the Guacharaca and futuristic-yet-retro synth sounds.” 

- John Schaefer, WNYC

“Building their avant-garde cumbia on the trippy rhythms of bassist and electronics maestro Prince of Queens and a drummer known as Dilemastronauta. The music sometimes veered into deep, near-krautrock groove space. But singer Carolina Oliveros brought it back to earth with fiery, feral shouts, slashing out rhythms on the guacharaca — a signature percussion instrument of cumbia — which she played like it was an extension of her body.”

- Will Hermes, Rolling Stone 


upcoming shows


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