Novalima's pioneering blend of traditional Afro-Peruvian rhythms and melodies with the hip grooves and beats of modern club culture have made them one of the biggest selling groups in Peruvian music history.
About the Artist
Since its formation in 2001, Novalima has been breaking down boundaries, uniting seemingly irreconcilable genres, communities and generations to create an inspiring movement that has revolutionized the music scene in their native Peru. Founded by four friends from Lima with a shared passion for both traditional Afro-Peruvian music and modern DJ culture, Novalima searches for the common ground between past and future, between tradition and innovation. Their efforts have also helped bridge the divide between the Peruvian mainstream and the Afro-Peruvian community, a minority population that has struggled against discrimination and the threat of cultural dissolution for generations.
On Coba Coba
, Novalima delves further into the African roots of Afro-Peruvian music, bringing in influences from its musical cousins reggae, dub, salsa, hip-hop, afrobeat and Cuban son. Special guests include New Zealand nu jazz keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe
, the popular Cuban hip-hop group Obsesión
and Spanish alternative rocker Gecko Turner
. British producer Toni Economides
, a regular collaborator of Nitin Sawhney
, Da Lata
, Bugz in the Attic
among others, adds his special touch on the album's mixes. Coba Coba
promises to bring even wider recognition to this innovative group, while furthering their mission to inspire new generations to appreciate and respect the Afro-Peruvian contribution to the world of music. With a fresh and innovative sound that stands on a centuries-old foundation of soul and heritage, Novalima will keep Afro-Peruvian expression thriving long into the future.