Thursday Night SXSW Showcases
Sounds from Colombia8pm, Speakeasy
Juanes isn't the only name in Colombian music. Opener Velo De Oza hails from the Andean mountains in the Boyacá region and marries traditional carranga to rock for a Colombian analog to the Pogues. Medellín rapper/producer Kiño, a former member of hip-hop crew RH Klandestino, brings a far less trad flavor to songs from his latest album, Mas Parchao. The same town also plays home to Tarmac, a ragamuffin, dancehall-oriented reggae act that performs in Spanish, English, French, and patois. Electro-pop duo Pedrina y Río boasts a more playful vibe on its quirky, danceable debut Canciones Sin Ropa. Bogotá's Duran throws Tarmac and P y R's approaches together for rhythmically diverse dance music, absorbing Colombian folk along the way. The same city's Consulado Popular takes cumbia and vallenato and gives it a punk-rock makeover, scoring hits in its home country from debut Con Su Lado Popular.