Sound Culture Center for Global Arts and Macondo Chicago commissions Chicago's best local latin musicians to arrange and perform Colombian Cumbia classics for a performance that will transport you to a Block Party in Barranquilla circa 1969. A Chicago first.

In celebration of Colombia's Bicentennial, Sound Culture & Macondo commission Chicago's best local latin and Colombian musicians to re-arrange and perform Colombian Cumbia classics. This internationally celebrated musical form born on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Represents The marriage of African, Spanish, and Indigenous influences.

This new group fuses traditional afro Colombian percussion, with elements of big band style Cumbia and jazz made famous by artists like Lucho Bermudez and the Discos Fuentes record label catalog. Incorporated are call & response vocals, raw traditional percussion courtesy of the Alegre, Tambora, Llamador & Maraca, bottom heavy electric bass lines, Gaita flutes, latin piano and jazz trumpet.

The group consists of the founding members of the Chicago Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble and Ngoma Alegre, the Midwest's only Afro Colombian percussion ensemble. Victor Garcia on Trumpet, Darwin Noguera on Piano, Josh Ramos on Bass, Leo Suarez on afro Colombian percussion/Gaita Flutes, Natalie Oliveri on vocals and minor percussion, and Jose Natal on Colombian percussion and congas.