Originally performing alongside their father at local events since they were kids, Son Rompe Pera now find themselves at the forefront of the contemporary international cumbia scene with their sonic explorations of the classic marimba. Their unique blend of sounds comes as the result of a typical youthful rebellion, when as teenagers they left behind their marimba upbringing and began to play in various punk and psychobilly bands. Now they´ve come full circle, incorporating the marimba together with their rock influences, giving it a new twist never before seen.
Their live shows are a sweaty mess of dancing fans, and this garage-cumbia-marimba punk band never disappoints on stage. Their authenticity shines through as they give their modern interpretation of Mexican, Peruvian, and Colombian classics, as well as their own original material and some surprise covers. The contrast of the traditional marimba with their youthful attitude and street sense connects the audience to the past while they dance into the future.
Son Rompe Pera released their debut LP in March 2020 right as the Covid-19 pandemic hit, making it impossible to tour behind what many have called one of the best records of the year. Their last live show was at the Vive Latino Festival in Mexico City, where they performed alongside Chico Trujillo. The global lockdown didn’t stop them, as they were present in virtual events like Mole de Mayo in Chicago and the World Music Institute´s end-of-year celebration, as well as online festivals in Ecuador, Italy, Chile, Mexico, and Colombia. They became known for their weekend performances in Parque Mexico, as masked and socially distanced fans would come out to see them. With their name growing bit by bit, they were invited to do an ‘at home’ session of Live on KEXP, as well as being selected as an official band at the 2020 and 2022 WOMEX international music conference.
Alan Gama (marimba & voice)
Alfredo de Jesús Gama (marimba & vocie)
Jose Angel Gama (percussion & voice)
Raul Albarran (bass & voice)
Ricardo Lopez (drums)
Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, Northern Europe, Austria, Eastern Europe, Switzerland