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Through folkloric mystique, otherworldly psychedelia and a dash of enigmatic punk, the new album Ahomale (May 3, ANTI-) by Combo Chimbita catapults the sacred knowledge of our forebears into the future. The protagonist of this album whose name is Ahomale possesses the ability to communicate ancestral wisdom through the music,” explained guitarist Niño Lento.

Combo Chimbita’s second studio album and Anti- Records debut sees the visionary quartet drawing from ancestral mythologies and musical enlightenment to unearth the awareness of Ahomale, the album’s cosmic muse. Comprised of lead singer Carolina Oliveros’ mesmeric contralto, illuminating storytelling and fierce guacharaca rhythms, Prince of Queens’ hypnotic synth stabs and grooving bass lines, Niño Lento’s imaginative guitar licks, and Dilemastronauta’s powerful drumming, the lure and lore of Combo Chimbita comes into existence.

“Revelation! The truth and light that is always within us and hides behind our fears… that is Ahomale to me,” Oliveros says. “In this album we were able to connect with our being to add a chapter to our saga. We’re excited to be able to work with people who are connected to our vision and to expand Latin American art!” With the help of producer Daniel Schlett (The War on Drugs, Modest Mouse), the group’s rootsy experimental alchemy and metal strangeness take centerfold. Oliveros howls, yowls and chirps with gut-wrenching emotion. Whether rock - raw and soulful - or bewitching like a shaman in a spiritual ceremony, her voice is always a multifaceted wonder. “Brillo Más Que El Oro (La Bala Apuntándome)” boasts alluring vintage synths that seem to time travel through the lush tropics of yore; then, the mood intensifies when its bridge brilliantly crosses into a spellbinding chant sung in unison: “Y si digo que / Que ahora ya lo se” (“And if I say that I now know”).

credits

released May 3, 2019

Carolina Oliveros - Vocals & guacharaca
Niño Lento - guitar
Prince of Queens - bass & synths
Dilemastronauta - Drums
Stephanie Orentas – Management

Abya Yala nombrado el territorio
Fueron sus hijos sobrevivientes los que entregaron la palabra
Sabios regalos del amor compartiendo sus formas.
Solo despertaron los que soñaron para recibir guerreros.
Las potencias marcaron la piel y formaron los frentes.
Solo esperando en silencio a una mujer profeta
La que carga el peso de un mensaje ardiendo


Produced by Daniel Schlett with Combo Chimbita
Mixed and Recorded by Daniel Schlett & Garret De Block at Strange Weather, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound

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Track Name: Ahomale
Español

A le la le la

Palabra que vino a mi
Poder y claridad
Sin conocer la verdad
Yo la vi llegar, el que buscaba encontrar
Asi dice el refran
Cuando los pasos te llevan, prepara para temblar

Y hoy siento que
Que vibra todo mi ser
Te venía buscando palabra que vino a mi sola
Sin conocer la verdad yo la vi llegar sola, sola

Pero debes preparar mente, cuerpo y alma
Pa’ yo poderte enseñar que los Dioses hablan
Curandote de maldad que al hombre gobierna
Tus ojos ya están curados de toda enfermedad
Prende la luz y veraz lo que oculto está bajo un cielo sin estrellas
Eres luna en tempestad

Y hoy siento que
Que vibra todo mi ser
Te venía buscando palabra que vino a mi sola
Sin conocer la verdad yo la vi llegar
Para mostrarme la verdad, la que yo no quería hallar
Yo soy luna en tempestad
Sola sola sola

English

A le la le la

A word that came to me
Power and clarity
Without knowing the truth
I saw it arrive, who was searching to find
That is how the saying goes
When the steps take you, prepare to tremble
Today I feel
My entire being vibrate
Searching for the word that just came to me
Without knowing the truth I saw it alone, alone

But you must prepare mind, body, and soul
For me to teach you that the Gods can speak
Curing you of evil that governs mankind
Your eyes are cured of all sickness
Turn on a light and you will see what’s hiding below a sky without stars
You are the moon within a storm

Today I feel
My entire being vibrate
Searching for the words that just came to me
Without knowing the truth I saw it arrive
To show me the truth I didn’t want to find
I am the moon within a storm
Alone alone alone
Track Name: Brillo Más Que El Oro (La Bala Apuntándome)
Español

La noche llega otra vez y lo oscurece todo (x2)

Bala bala apuntándome,
Queriendo hacerme polvo (x2)

Y es en esa oscuridad
Que brillo más que el oro (x2)

Bala bala apuntándote,
Si no viste ni modo (x4)

Y si digo que
Que ahora ya lo se
Cada error que cometemos
Se paga después

Y si digo que
Que ahora ya lo se

Mira, mira tu de eso deberías saber

English

Night comes again and darkens everything (x2)

Bullet, bullet pointing at me
Wanting to make me dust (x2)

And it’s in that darkness
That I shine brighter than gold (x2)

Bullet, bullet pointing at you
Not surprised you didn’t see (x4)

And if I say
That now I know
Every error we commit
We pay for later

And if I say
That now I know
Look, look you should know about that
Track Name: Testigo
Español

Desde principio a fin, yo siempre di mi verdad (x2)
Te dije que yo lo venía buscando (x2)
Lo que no me iba a llegar (x2)
Lo que no estaba llegando

Ahora frente a frente
Cuando el sol saliendo esta (x2)

Veo el humo como envuelve la ciudad (x2)
Y todo es oscuridad (x4)

Y si lo estás escuchando porque te haces a un lado?
El silencio está matando con lo que se había ganado (x3)

Y si lo estás escuchando porque te haces a un lado?
El silencio está matando con lo que se había ganado (x3)

English

From start to end, I gave my truth
I told I wasn’t searching
For what was not going to arrive
For what was not arriving

Now face to face
When the sun is rising

The smoke surrounds de city
And everything is darkness

And if you’re listening, why are you moving to the side?
The silence is killing what we had won

And if you’re listening, why are you moving to the side?
The silence is killing what we had won

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