In the context of a contemporary Electronic Music & Global Bass scene, where one of the most important protagonists on stage has been the laptop, CHECKPOINT GUANABANA was born to play this music in its own way: LIVE.
CHECKPOINT GUANABANA is the music project founded by Alejo Marulanda & Hermano Simón, two Colombian-Berliners that together with some of the most representative musicians of Berlin´s Latin-scene are putting their twist on the sounds of Global Bass & Electronic Music LIVE, creating AFRO-LATIN rhythms combined with POWER-FUNK, HIP HOP and one of their most important influences: The ELECTRONICA FROM BERLIN, their headquarter.
The result: ’Afro Tech Funk’ played on stage with LIVE beats of a drummer and without any Laptop´s or digital beats dependence. It´s an organic interpretation with the spirit of the electronic music.
The “Guanábana” is a delicious fruit, it´s not well known in Europe yet but very famous in Latinamerica for being so tasty and for its healing potential. As well as its culinary delights, the music of Colombia and Latinamerica satisfies a wide range of musical taste buds. Latinamerica’s Indian and African heritage has produced a powerful musical recipe, which is enjoyed by listeners worldwide.
Checkpoint Guanabana have brought this recipe to Germany where Colombia’s and Latinamerica´s rich music has been mixed with the music Berlin is famous for cooking up: The Electronica. The finishing touches are added in Bogotá by the Colombian-Berliner producer Pol Moreno. Berlin-made music with colombian hands, this is one checkpoint you will love to cross.
Alejandro Marulanda (Keyboards, Synthes, Tambor Alegre)
Hermano Simón (Guitar, Live sampling)
Hendrik Rojas (Vocals)
Marco Fox (Drums)
Jessica Bromet (Vocals)
Jean-Luc Jossa (Congas, Timbal)
Photo & Visual director: Manu Becerra
Text: Viktor Coco / Olivia Kent / Simón Cabezas