Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we deliver songs by local artists. Today’s selection is “Prieto” by Choc Quib Town from their 2010 album Oro on Nacional Records.
Choc Quib Town are Columbia’s entry into the next generation of Latin Hip-Hop. Taking cues from just about every Caribbean style and rhythm available, the 3 piece group take American Hip-Hop, Jamaican Reggae, Salsa, and Electronica sounds, mixing old and new with urban and traditional. Named after the poor Afro-Columbian region of Columbia (Choco) and its Capital city (Quibdo), Choc Quib Town simply make music that represents the afro-columbian neighborhoods they grew up in and the various musical styles that surround them.
Their debut US album Oro (“Gold”) is a combination of two previous Columbian releases Somos Pacifico and Oro and was good enough to earn the band a Latin Grammy nomination and tours across Europe and South America. The Columbian trio of Tostao, and fellow emcees Goyo and Slow have been going strong for a decade, but just now getting the rest of the world to take notice. Choc Quib Town is a good excuse to learn more about Pacific Afro-Columbian culture and get a little geography lesson in the process.
You can find out more about the band on their MySpace page or their website. The band made waves last year at SXSW; be sure to check them out again this year! Right now, check out the official video of their song “Oro”: