Straight from the rich musical culture of the Pacific and Atlantic coasts,Colombian salsa band,Mama Julia (pronounced with a silent J),descended on the Capital over the weekend. Known for its Afro-Colombian,street and jungle fusion music,the 10-member band peformed as part of Fiesta Latino Americano,a collaboration between Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Embassy of Colombia,to celebrate Latin music and performance arts in India.
Through Mama Julia: Urban Sounds and Salsa,the band represented a familiar mix of different sounds,transporting the audiences to the streets of Colombia. Its an interesting fusion of music,distinct from both the oceans Atlantic and Pacific. Whats more interesting is that its a mix of professional musicians and street musicians and they seem to have recreated this unique fusion, said Ambassador of Columbia,Juan Alfredo Pinto.
Formed in 2006,Mama Julia has already recorded a studio album,Pa que se lo goce,which was released last year and is available on their website mamajuliamusic.com. As part of the festival,the band also performed at the Embassy of Colombia in New Delhi,as well as in Chandigarh. Given the popularity of salsa in India,the band hopes to be able to perform here soon again. The festival was held at Siri Fort Auditorium from April 7 to 9.