Origin: Timbiquí, Colombia Genre: Modern Marimba Music / Fusion On Stage: 11
Label: Digital Distribution in iTunes Territory: Europe
Maestros of the new sounds from the Colombian Pacific coast
“This is Gozar is one of the 10 “magnifiques” albums to remind the eternal musical vitality in Latin America” – Louis-Julien Nicolaou, Les Inrocks, France
“Herencia de Timbiquí is one of the break-out groups ….. with their own style mixing música pacifica with salsa and r&b.” – Russ Slater, Sounds and Colours, USA
Live at Nuits du Sud Festival
Live at Tempo Latino Festival
“Our musical richness is the fruit of many afternoons spent on the banks of the Timbiquí, River, in the middle of the Colombian Pacific jungle, when the marimba made from the chonta tree and traditional drums overtake the silence. That is our heritage”!
Herencia de Timbiquí creates an extraordinary dialogue between the traditional music of the Colombian Pacific, the Timbiquí River miner’s lament and completely modern urban sounds. This is a band that does not view tradition as a static art to be admired within museum walls but rather as a living process to be enriched through fusion and experimentation.
Timbiquí is a small town on the Colombian Pacific Ocean coast, surrounded by jungle and rivers. In the early aughts, composer Begner Vásquez and four other friends were forced to abandon their hometown of Timbiquí due to the violence generated by illegal groups that controlled the area’s gold strip mines as well as the serious danger posed by paramilitary groups to Afro Colombian communities.
Begner and his friends moved to Cali, the largest city on the Colombian Pacific coast, where they founded the band Herencia de Timbiquí. There they began to develop their unique take on their folkloric-rooted grooves (which are played with marimba made from the chonta tree, deer-hide drums called cununus and seed-filled percussion instruments called guasá) fused with contemporary instruments such as the electric guitar, drums, trumpet, and sax. As an eleven member band, Herencia also added to the mix the salsa that is the soundtrack of Colombian dance halls as well as an exploration of funk, jazz, and reggae.
Their compositions harken back to ancestral roots – instruments, vocals, call and response, and rhythm – all the while being completely contemporary. In 2006, Herencia de Timbiquí participated for the third time in the renowned “Petronio Álvarez Pacific Music Festival”, the largest gathering of the music of the Afro-Colombian Pacific Coast, and won first place in the Free Form Category.
In 2010 their first international performance took place at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. That same year, they were featured in the Colombia episode of “Music Voyager” a public television series presented by Jacob Edgar. In 2011, they performed two official showcases at SXSW in Austin, Texas, and the official SXSW twitter feed gave their concerts rave reviews.
In 2013 Herencia de Timbiquí’s career took a new direction when they were awarded the ‘Gaviota de Plata’ award for Best Folkloric Song at the International Festival Viña del Mar in Chile. This award positioned them as the most important representatives of Colombian Pacific music at both a national and international level. They also received the Colombian Shock Prize for Best Recording of the Year for their single “Amanece”. That led them to travel to Russia and Africa, perform in the closing ceremony of the World Games in Cali along with Colombian superstar Carlos Vives, and also perform at the opening of BOmm (Bogotá Music Market).
At the end of 2013, they released their most recent album, “This is Gozar!”, which bears the mark of renowned British producer William Holland (aka “Quantic” of Ondatrópica fame). The album features two tunes deeply steeped in the band’s African roots: “Negrito”, which is a currulao (ancestral song and dance) and “A tu manera”, a fusion of reggae with aguabajo (traditional chants based on two vocalists). The album also features “Afrika”, a song composed during Herencia’s tour throughout Zambia y Zimbabwe, featuring Ghanaian guitarist, bandleader, and living legend Ebo Taylor.
In 2014, Herencia de Timbiquí also completed a series of 30 concerts in Dubai, workshops at New York University in Abu Dhabi and a one-month European summer tour. The band was also selected to participate in the projects created by Carlos Vives as USAID’s first “Inclusion Ambassador.”
In 2016, They have toured extensively in the United States for two times.