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Nemegata is a fierce power trio fronted by Víctor-Andrés Cruz “El Guámbito” on lead vocals, electric guitar, synth and Colombian percussion. With the taut, polyrhythmic lock of César Valencia “I Nova” on bass, synth, Colombian percussion, and vocals. And Fabián Rincón “Don Fabo” on drums, synth drums and vocals. Their sound is often described as hallucinatory, otherworldly, and haunting, with a trance-like performance.
The band is heavily influenced by their native Colombian traditions such as cumbia, bullerengue, gaita music, Colombian Andean songs, as well as '60s and '70s mind-bending psychedelia from Africa, South America, and the Caribbean.
Nemegata’s futuristic take on tropical Latinx sounds and Abyayalismo has won over audiences and critics alike with their explosive live shows, earning them “Top 10 Local Acts” in 2019, alongside Black Pumas.
Their debut album Hycha Wy (Sonorama Discos) is considered one of Austin’s top 100 albums of 2020. The band has also been nominated to the 2022 and 2023 Austin Music Awards in the “Best of World Music” category.
New single "Pasos" drops February 17th on Spaceflight Records.
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