Q&A Scene: Cumbia Cosmonauts

Tell us about your new single/ album/ showcase gig at AWME?

It’s an opportunity to showcase songs from our second album currently being recorded with two amazing Melbourne musicians with African roots: Lamine Sonko and GP Saxy. Nigerian Saxy has toured the world playing trumpet for Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, and Lamine is a Griot musician from Senegal. We are exploring the strong African roots in cumbia in the only way we know, by creating new music for more dancing!

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

Refreshing like watermelon on a hot day.

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?

Cumbianauts Incoming is the first song we ever wrote, in a Melbourne warehouse studio back in 2009, and has featured on numerous compilations, and was on the soundtrack of an Argentine Grammy-award winning TV drama about ghetto reality. On the recent tour of Mexico, our reimagined take on the classic song Cumbia Sampuesana was a big hit, and is about to be released on an EP featuring several Mexican Remixes.

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.

Not sleeping? Or like the time we arrived at a festival in rural Ireland only to have it cancelled and improvising a last-minute show in a Dublin basement? Or the time having to get towed out of a festival site with a tractor because it was so muddy? Fifteen hour bus and train journeys? Fourty plus hours of flying? Touring is an adventure. Each gig is then a celebration of the hard work that goes into touring and creating new music.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Deep space…and Mexico’s sound system culture.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

There are so many…but then that’s what inspires the writing of new songs. Today I’ll credit the genius of Wayne Smith’s ‘Under Me Sleng Teng’.

What’s do you expect to get out of AWME this year?

Connect with local promoters, and share our new songs with those on the dancefloor.

What’s your scene?

CUMBIA MASSIVE.

About Cumbia Cosmonauts

The Cumbia Cosmonauts continue to push ahead as leading innovators of the global cumbia digital and tropical bass scenes. The production aesthetic of

Melbourne-based Moses Iten (aka Saca La Mois DJ!!) – producing in collaboration with Thomas ‘Soup’ Campbell – is a combination of the infectious Caribbean

offbeat rhythm with warm dub bass lines, sweeping synthesizers and driving beats. Cumbia Cosmonauts live is an explosive experience whether solo or as a band, and features characteristic Mexican style MCing, digital percussion and improvised solos.

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