Austin, TX based band Superfónicos is the musical meeting point between Colombia, Africa and the U.S. Their music pays homage to all three locales with a foundation in Cumbia, sprinkled with healthy doses of Afrobeat and marinated in the school of funk. The eight piece act has received critical praise for their debut EP Suelta from Rolling Stone, NPR, Billboard, PRI The World, PopMatters, Afropop, and more. They are confirmed to play the Austin City Limits Music Festival (Weekend Two) BMI stage on Sunday, October 10th.
Superfónicos was formed when bassist Nico Sanchez and guitarist Erick Bohorquez began discussions about creating a group with a foundation in Afro-Colombian rhythms. They soon teamed up with guitarist Andres Villegas and percussionist Daniel Sanchez, and started rehearsing together during time away from their other projects. That core group developed the band’s unique sound, laying the foundation for what was to come. In 2016, gaitero and vocalist Jaime Ospina relocated from Colombia to Austin, where he met and instantly connected with the group.
The band’s success has been the outcome of organic growth and auspicious timing. Their EP and handful of singles have all been met with critical acclaim and featured on prominent Spotify playlists, pushing streams to over 500,000 plays and counting. The band is currently recording new music at Electric Deluxe Studios, owned and operated by GRAMMY winning artist and producer Adrian Quesada of the Black Pumas. They were also recently featured on BBC World News (https://youtu.be/8nocAvGNGJ4) promoting ACL Fest and Austin, the live music capital of the world!
Their next single is titled “Carroña” (Carrion), and is a scathing rebuke of corrupt politicians and their penchant for saying what the people want to hear in hopes of maintaining their dynastic grip on power and money. The band explains, “Politicians will continue to play their games with the lives of the people unless we collectively as a society stand up and realize we are being eaten alive by these ‘vultures’ in power. They ravenously steal all the money and resources and leave nothing for future generations. There is however, a feeling across the globe, that the people have had enough and are beginning to wake up from their slumber of indifference and that gives us hope in these times.”
Don’t miss the chance to catch what NPR calls, “Lively, dynamic, colorful, full sound blending funk, cumbia, merengue…Commanding sound and presence with great vocals and harmonies," when the scorching eight-piece Colombian Funk band performs during their set at the upcoming Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 10th at the BMI Stage.