The annual Bogotá Music Market (BoMM) kicks f tonight (Sept 10) in Colombia’s capital. The music mart, presented by Bogotá’s Chamber Commerce, serves as a showcase for established and emerging Colombian acts, plus some international guests, and also hosts one day conferences and a two-day music and performance mart for local and international buyers.
One Latin America’s most dynamic and productive events, particularly for artists on the rise, BoMM has developed a reputation for serving as a means for mainly Colombian acts to connect with both major and indie companies and services. It also fers a wide array festivals and booking agents who come from different countries.
This year, 26 artists are slated to perform in ficial showcases. Here are five to watch:
1. Irie Kingz: Brother and sister duo Oliva and Yeyo hail from the small island San Andres f the northern tip Colombia. Their sultry, lilting mix souk, calypso, dancehall, hip-hop and trap and sung in Spanish, English and creole represents a unique island blend. With a dynamic stage persona to boot, the duo was just selected by Deezer as one its Latin “Deezer Next” acts.
2. Nira Clandestine: In a world pop/reggaeton, Nira Clandestine is pure, in-your-face hip-hop with message and depth. The Bogota MC has the looks, but she’s going after the rhymes with lines like these from "Shameless": “If I talk, I’m shameless, but I’m not taking that / They make up complexes, make you loose touch, so much, many get their tits done."
3. Crew Peligrosos: The Medellin-based hip-hop crew is wildly experimental, mixing their rhymes with everything from classical music to dreamy vocals to collabs with French hip hop star Youssouph.
4. Los Pangurbes y El Ciudeblo: Formed in the Colombian state Cauca, the group’s name comes from the words Panguano (which means Indian) and urbe (the city). Their mix genres symbolizes the migration the farmland to the city, with the female lead singer’s haunting vocals as the anchor.
5. La Chiva Gantiva: Mixing acoustic, folk and electronic instruments, this raucous blend is both danceable and worth listening to.