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Tiny Desk Live performance : NPR

Tiny Desk Live performance : NPR


You gotta love a band that names itself after siblings that do not exist, and below a reputation that does not match anybody within the band. Not less than I do.

I have been a fan of the edgy sonic traditions of the Meridian Brothers for some time now, and jumped on the probability to carry the duo’s area age cumbia direct from Bogotá, Colombia to the Tiny Desk. And band chief Eblis Alvarez didn’t disappoint.

Proper from the beginning, the band’s cumbia-infused grooves floated beneath virtually otherworldly digital keyboard sounds in “Guaracha U.F.O.,” ultimately incorporating Alvarez’s signature, sly “I do know one thing you do not”-style vocals. It is simple to be tricked by the eccentricities of the instrumentation and the offbeat vocal stylings, however Alvarez is a person with a imaginative and prescient, utilizing his huge information of Colombian folks and pop music to do issues like pay tribute to an imaginary salsa band that by no means existed, as he did on its final album.

Issues have been very actual through the group’s flip behind the Desk, as he and his band challenged the viewers to carry alongside what they knew to fulfill him in his world of recycled beats — performed by his devoted crew of Colombian musicians — off-kilter vocals and imaginative storytelling lyrics on “¿Dónde Estás María?”

He and his band pulled off a robust model of “Bomba Atómica”, a kind of calling card that speaks to Alvarez being influenced by the wealthy historical past of Colombian cumbia and surf rock guitar, for a track that’s basically a frantic warning of the tip of the world. Alvarez acknowledged the viewers’s appreciation with two raised fists, as if to have a good time how the actual world dipped their toes into his realm of the imaginary, and everybody was higher for it.


  • “Guaracha U.F.O.”
  • “¿Dónde Estás María?”
  • “Bomba Atómica”


  • Eblis Javier Alvarez Vargas: guitar, keyboard, cello, vocals
  • Alejandro Forero: keyboards
  • Cesar Quevedo Barrero: bass
  • María Angélica Valencia Sanchez: saxophone, percussion 
  • Mauricio Ramírez Echeverri: drums
  • Alejandro Araujo Larrahondo: percussion, vocals


  • Producer: Felix Contreras 
  • Director: Kara Body
  • Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
  • Artistic Director: Bob Boilen 
  • Sequence Producer: Bobby Carter 
  • Videographers:  Kara Body, Sofia Seidel, Michael Zamora
  • Editor: Michael Zamora
  • Audio Assistant: Brian Jarboe
  • Manufacturing Assistant: Ashley Pointer
  • Photographer: Zayrha Rodriguez
  • Tiny Desk Group: Suraya Mohamed, Maia Stern, Hazel Cills
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann



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