Tribu Baharú’s exuberant performances of champeta music — a fusion of Colombian, African, and Afro-Caribbean styles — are driven by lively vocals, sparkling Congolese guitar, and high-energy bass and drums. A Tribu Baharú performance recreates the joyous, impromptu spirit of the verbena dances that are popular in Colombian neighborhoods during festivals. With traces of soukous, zouk, calypso, soca, rap, and more, Tribu Baharú celebrates the colorful Colombian musical spectrum.
“There are very few guarantees in life. But one of them must — must! — be that as soon as you hear “Made in Tribu Baharú,” you’ll start moving. (I promise.)” — NPR Music
Tribu Baharú is an afro-champeta music crew from the Colombian-Caribbean coast influenced by the “Picó” (Pick-up or sound system) culture — a local culture present in most Caribbean countries, with a history of more than 6 decades, especially in Cartagena and Barranquilla. They play “live” without loosing the particular performance and sound of the “sound system” as lived in the “Verbena” dances (dance parties set up in the neighborhoods during bank holidays). Those parties generate an emotional sensation in the dancers that is called “Goce Champetúo” with the music that was brought by the Afrikan communities to America. Tribu Baharú was founded in 2009, when a group of friends with Afro-Caribbean affinity start to meet in Bogota. Out of these meetings was born Tribu Baharú. Now, Tribu Baharú has become one of the main exponents of Champeta music in the Colombian Capital and is ready to take the crazy Champeta abroad.
It’s been denigrated and damned, boycotted and banned, but it can never be stopped: champeta, the ever evolving, high-energy hybrid of Colombian, African, and Afro-Caribbean styles just keeps on coming. And leading a new charge are Tribu Baharú, barrelling out of Bogotá, championing their version of champeta, inspired by the legendary, street-shaking Picó sound-systems of Colombia’s Caribbean coast, but here played all-live-onstage with sparkling Congolese guitar driven by high-speed bass and drums and the all-animating upfront singers. Tribu Baharú is part of a wave of Nuevas Músicas Colombianas based in the capital city that are reestablishing it as a prime force and adding more ingredients to the recipe.
Champeta, is a term that originally refers to a knife used by fishermen. Champeta is fishermen music since its main influences comes from overseas.
Tribu Baharú’s main objective is to convey the joy of being Afro-Colombian and Caribbean through exuberant dance using music as a vehicle. Tribu Baharú contributes to change the negative collective imagery of the Champeta Culture by transmitting positive messages through their music thanks to their philosophy of life “ La Bacaneria” (good vibes). They are ambassadors of the good will around this popular culture that comes from the marginal neighborhoods of the Caribbean coast.
Some of the most remarkable goals achieved by Tribu have been the official selection by Womex 2014 for Showcase, Artist of The year 2014 by our National Radio Station Señal Radio Colombia, Selected Artist “My Music” by the Shock Music Awards, Top #1 for three weeks on the radio station VIVA Colombia based in London and Spain, Ambassadors of the Cultural campaign “Ser Champetuo es Bacano,” and going on tour with Diblo Dibala on its Colombian Tour, amongst others.