Bomba Estéreo is a Colombian band founded in the capital, Bogotá, in 2005 by the musician/audio-visual artist Simón Mejía and singer Li (Liliana) Saumet as an experimental project for the recording of their first album “Vol 1”. In 2008, Bomba Estéreo released their second album, “Estalla” that gave them international visibility to markets in the United States, Asia and Europe. In 2010, Bomba Estéreo were awarded “The Best New Band In The World” by MTV Iggy and in 2012 they launched their third album, “Tropical Elegance” which took the band to another level, making their first tour in Africa and earning a nomination for the GLatin GRAMMY for “Best Alternative Album” and “Best Band of 2012” from iTunes Latino. In 2015 they launched their fourth album, “Amanecer” under Sony Music US Latin. The album was outlined by major international media and acclaimed by critics giving them two Latin GRAMMY nominations for “Best Alternative Album” and “Recording of the Year”, a nomination to “Better Latin Album, Rock, Urban or Alternative” in the GRAMMY Awards and the 2016 Gold Record for sales in Colombia. Their music has been described as “electro tropical” or “psychedelic cumbia” and according to Mejía, the band’s name is a Colombian term for “a really cool, awesome, bad ass party”.
“Duele” (It Hurts) is the first single from their upcoming album, to be released within 2017. While the main melody of the song is influenced by the Middle East, the song was recorded with the Colombian Cumbia flute (flauta de millo), an indigenous instrument from the Caribbean coastal region of Colombia. The video, directed by Sam Mason at Supply&Demand, tells a story of heartbreak and the struggle to overcome it, echoing influences that range from Pedro Almodóvar and Bigas Luna to Salvador Dalí. The direction of photography is by Michael (Mike) Reyes.
All images © Sam Mason / Bomba Estéreo “Duele”