From a media release:
Bumping History: Kuenta i Tambú Turn Curaçao Tradition into a Wild, Sweaty Dance Floor with Tambutronic, their US Debut
NYC show: globalFEST (January 13, 2014, Webster Hall)
• globalFEST 2014 NEARLY SOLD OUT!
• Musical revelations in a non-stop festival with 12 great world music groups together on 3 stages for 1 night! Jan 12, 2014 - Webster Hall, New York City
Tradition is a tricky beast. There are those who would leave it as a dusty, living museum exhibit. Then there are others who see further, into the possibility of tradition, a line that runs through history all the way to the present. They’re the ones who respect the past but aren’t going to be hidebound by it, who make it a very vital part of now. People like KiT, who’ve transformed the old tambú music of Curaçao into the 21st-century phenomenon of Tambutronic (Jiga Musica; US release: January 14, 2014).
Then meets now via hard kicks and hooky synths, the gritty good times that spawned bass music’s tropical, global offshoots, from baile funk to moombahton. Taking up the sounds that evolved in Dutch clubs and mashing them effortlessly with the group’s percussive, evocative Caribbean roots, KiT proves how easily traditional grooves can move in new, unexpected ways.
Though as fresh as M.I.A. or Major Lazer, KiT’s music began long ago and far away. On Curaçao, an island in the Caribbean close to the coast of Venezuela, history remains very much alive. Originally home to the Arawak Indians, it was conquered by the Spanish in 1499 then became Dutch in 1634. But in many ways it’s almost an outpost of Africa, a first stop for slave ships on their journey to South America, and the influence of another continent is still powerful. For centuries, the people have celebrated with drums and singing, styles like seú, muzik di zumbi (music of the spirits), and above all, tambú.
The globalFEST 2014 Lineup
Baloji (Congo/Belgium) Afropolitan rumba rapper
Bombay Royale (India/Australia) (US debut) Technicolor Bollywood big-band pop
Brushy One String (Jamaica) (NY debut)
Infectious Jamaican single-string guitarist
The Como Mamas (Mississippi) Soulful A cappella gospel trio
DhakaBraka (Ukraine) Subversive Ukrainian punk-folk
Fanfare Ciocarlia (Romania) Blazing Gypsy brass legends
Hassan Hakmoun (Morocco/NY) North African Gnawa trance master
KiT (Kuenta i Tambu) (Curaçao/Netherlands) Dutch-Antillean global bass dance beats
Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritania) Mauritanian Desert soul
Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta (Arizona) Mambo mexicano and indie cumbia
The Wu-Force featuring Abigail Washburn, Kai Welch and Wu Fei (Tennessee/China) (NY debut) Appalachian-Chinese avant-folk
Yasmine Hamdan (Beirut/Paris) Post modern Parisian pop via Beirut underground