Canta y No LLores ( Sing, don´t cry)
It is the fourth studio album by Kumbia Queers recorded in Buenos Aires between January and March 2015, it contains 12 songs where they show the present artistic and musical interests of the band. It is a cocktail of cumbia, rock , hip hop with lyrics that talk about fun, denouncement, deslike (no-love) and their passion for creative leisure time and dance.
In this album Kumbia Queers which is now a five piece combo, opens to the possibility for more voices singing: Juana Chang takes the leading vocals while Flor Linyera and Pat Combat Rocker (keyboardist and bass player) also sing. There are special guests such as rapper Sara Hebe in “Plantala”, Rosario Blefari sings “Se van borrando” and punk rocker Boom Boom Kid does “Si pudiera” .
Kumbia Queers does it again! They keep on moving towards innovation taking great deal of advantage from working with producers Ezquiel Araujo and Guille Beresñiak who give a complete new approach for the band unique tropi punk style. The result is a fresh, danceable and heartfelt album.
Kumbia Queers got together in 2007 and haven’t taken a break since then. Their unstoppable energy fuels these women’s ever hungry spirit for more: they have played throughout Latin America on stages such as Vive Latino (MX), Rec Beat (Br), Festival de la cosecha (CH), Personal Fest (AR) to name just a few.
In 2010 Kumbia Queers arrived in Europe for the first time where they are always very welcomed because people love the explosive concerts of the band. From Fusion Festival (GR), to Colors of Ostrava (CZ), Incubate (NL), Festival Mundial (NL), Breminale (GR) to dozens of cultural centres, squats and theatres: they have rocked every stage they have played on their five european tours.
The band struck back during july/august 2015 with their new album “Canta y no llores” and had real great concerts in Malmo, Copenhagen, Hamburg, people went crazy in the city festival in Lausane, at the Breminale the show was so energetic and tropipunk, the audience did not want the band to leave the stage. SO36 in Berlin was sold out confirming the love of berliners for KQ live concerts. In Montreuil, Paris the venue was packed and hot so after the show everybody went into the street even the police (unfortunately) attended. Amsterdam, Koln, Luzern, and many other towns were some of the places Kumbia Queers hit in their last tour, as usual two nights in the Fusion Festival were the best beginning they could possibly expect.
Ali Gua Gua one of the two singers and founding member of KUmbia Queers, quitted the band in the beginning of 2015 to devote herself to her successful career as DJ and other projects.
BUENOS AIRES….January 2007
It’s hot and there’s nothing to do!
Six crazy punk and roller girls decide to self exploit the cumbia queer side of their personality by means of what they called tropi punk
By the End of 2006 Ali Gua Gua was travelling by bus all the way down from Mexico towards Latin America exploring the Cono Sur. SHE DEVILS were organizing their 8 th Belladona festival of rebel women in Buenos Aires while Juana Chang was on tour playing everywhere she could with her cd “El Camino del Indie”..
They met in the reharsal room, had some beers, and jammed for a couple hours. They felt so good that they knew they were bound to do somehting together.
Ali was firmly in opposition to forming another rocknroll band so she persuaded the bunch to try with cumbia. Ines who is a passionate fan of the style and the keyboardist accepted immediately. Then Juana`s typical good mood, together with Pilar`s determination took the band to the punkest thing they hade ever done in their careers: this spontaneous mix of kumbia with punk rock. They would turn some of their favourite rock songs into kumbia.
KUMBIA KINGS, (the Miami tribute cumbia band to the Gipsy Kings) gave them inspiration for their name, it was clear that Kumbia Queens was no good for KQ who thought QUEER would fit much more into their style and that is how KUMBIA QUEERS came to be.
KUMBIA NENA which is their first LP contains covers of Black Sabbath, The Cure, The Ramones, Madonna, Nancy Sinatra and Bronco plus three original songs by Kumbia Queers. The LP was released in Argentina, Mexico, Chile and Japan!!.
In february 2007 a month after they started the band, Ali returned to her band Ultrasonicas in Mexico and in Buenos Aires the remaining five Kumbia Queers finished the recordings of their debut long play while they collected money from any available place and friend to afford their flights to Mexico where they were bound to meet in June. In July 2007 they played their second show with thousands of people as audience in the closure of the Lgbtttbqi Pride Day on the stage of Zocalo Square in Distrito Federal, Mexico.
From then onwards they came and go from Mexico to Argentina for a couple years then they added Chile to the route and as time went by they included more countries to the list Germany, Belgium, Holland, France, Spain, Sweeden, Denmark, Austria, Italy, Usa, Canada, Colombia, Uruguay and Brazil.
In 2010 vinyl label Comfort Zone (from Austria) released a 10 EP “God Save the Queens” and in 2011 they also put out “Scream Queers at the Kumbia Club” a 7 inch vinyl split with KUMBIA QUEERS and SCREAM CLUB.
During 2011 they released their second long play called “La gran estafa del tropi punk” (“The great tropi punk swindle”) produced by Pablo Lescano from popular band Damas Gratis.
KUMBIA QUEERS have taken part in the soundtracks of “Rudo and cursi”. “Bala Mordida”, the serial “Capadoccia” and the local tv shows “El Puntero” and “Càrceles”, “ Looking” (HBO), El Marginal (Netflix)
The band has very successfully taken part in many festivals: Vive Latino (México), Fusion (Germany), Rec Beat (Brazil), Pepsi Music (Argentina), Personal Music (Argentina) , Fem fest (Chile), Queertopia (Sweeden), Festival Mundial (The Netherlands), Grito Rock and Vaca Amarela (Brazil).
KUMBIA QUEERS have played in a wide range of places such as jails, public schools, old pensioner houses, graduations, weddings, bars, discos, book fairs, Lgbtttbqi pride parades: (Bs As, Argentina; Montevideo, Uruguay; DF, Mexico; Berlin y Hamburgo (Germany); feminists meetings, boats, islands, former churches, universities, squats, and a very long etcetera.
At the moment (january 2012) they are producing and recording their third long play.
They still are an independent do-it-yourself band, they have their own record label called Horario Invertido.
“Kumbia Nena!”….. (La Oreja Music in Chile; Vine Up! In Japan)
“La Gran Estafa del TropiPunk” …(cd)
“God Save the Queers” …..(vinilo 10” confortzone, Austria )
Scream Queers at the Kumbia Club ( split Kumbia Queers and Scream Club)
“Pecados Tropicales” ….(Grabaxiones Alicia en México, Confortzone in cd and vinilo in Austria)
“Canta y no llores” ….(cd)
KUMBIA QUEERS are
JUANA CHANG……………….. vocals and maracas
PAT COMBAT ROCKER……… bass and vocals
FLOR LINYERA……………….. vocals and keyboard
INESPHEKTOR………….………drums and percussion
PILA ZOMBIE………………….. guitar backing vocals