Sexteto Tabalá are seven musicians of the ancestral Afro-Columbian son; continuing the legacy born of San Basio de Palenque. They bring to life the soul of Afro-Colombian music with their unique mixture of traditional and contemporary sones of yesterday and today. Combining the sounds of multiple percussion instruments (claves, guacharaca, maracas, tumbadora, bongo) with a marimbula (sort of lamellophone), layers of powerful vocals completes this enticing sound!
For their latest offering the group have released an album packed full of songs and themes born in the heart of the sextetera tradition. Released last week, 100 Años de Sexteto Palenquero was recorded in in 2013, live in San Basilio de Palenque and compiles lots of their previously unreleased repertoire.
It will soon be 100 years since Sexteto Palenquero began, and in this album Sexteto Tabalá continues with their theme of beautiful lyrics – thus taking the listener to the depths of the Palenquero experience. Esta Tierra No Es Mia is the song that introduced me to their vibrant sound and now I am exploring the whole album as I type! I love the organic way this track has been laid down, the raw percussive expression and spirited vocals…and the way the tempo dances about!
Check it out above and listen/purchase the rest of the album from here.