Kuenta i Tambu stream new EP in full
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Kuenta i Tambu are pleased to share their third EP ‘Muchu Danki’, now streaming in full via Red Bull.
The band came up with the new material while on the road last summer. They explain:
“We came up with some new material to be shared with all of you. Compared to our last release, Santa Electra, we chilled out a little bit, just so that we could have the best of both worlds on this record: a relaxing sound as well as the party mode tracks.”
Kuenta i Tambu translates as ‘Stories and Drums’ in the Caribbean language Papiamentu. They are making music inspired by Traditional Afro Caribbean music from the island of Curacao and European dance music. The Amsterdam-based group initially came together in 2005 for a series of educational projects to introduce traditional Afro-Curaçaoan tambú music to children in the Netherlands.
Opening track ‘Where To Go’ is an Afro-Tronic anthem made as a guiding light to all people on the verge of throwing in the towel due to the distress of modern-day society. It encourages you to pursue your heart’s desire and to go where you’ve never been before. Title track ‘Muchu Danki’ is an original tambutronic track symbolising Kuenta i Tambu’s never ending gratitude towards everything. ‘Peace Of Mind’ is a neo-Dancehall love song, while ‘Mi Kueru’ is a love song with a twist. The Afro-Curaçaoan banger narrates the passionate relationship between a percussionist, his drum and its skin.
Tambu is the music of ritual, protest and partying created by African slaves and their decedents from the island of Curaçao. Due to the ‘suggestive’ nature of the music and the dance moves associated to Tambu, it was long banned and persecuted by the Catholic Church and the government on the island. The ban has been lifted but it’s still heavily regulated. You can play Tambu on the island if you’re indoors and it does get played on radio from time to time, but as soon as its played out in public, it gets shut down. The band, known for their energetic sets, played four sets at this year’s Glastonbury.