Bomba Estereo, Joaquin Diaz

With the local steam in precipitous transition from ambient to radiant, the time is especially ripe for a double shot of tropical fire, which should blaze throughout this second day of the Cedar's Global Roots Fest. Bogotá, Colombia's Bomba Estéreo (pictured) (that's "stereo bomb" for the español-challenged), as advertised, whip up an explosive, dance inducing maelstrom roiling with a potent blend of cumbia, electronica, hip hop, funk, stray Colombian folkloric elements, reggaeton, and dancehall. Sultry singer Li Saumet laces incendiary sparks throughout, her coquettish sass red-hot whether negotiating blistering rhythms or spicing up alluring melodies. A native of San Pedro de Macorís, famed as a breeding ground for major league shortstops, Joaquín Diaz makes his dazzling plays on diatonic accordion, stirring up the infectious fervor of merengue, the Dominican's national sound. Although now based in Canada, Diaz and his crack ensemble summon the island's percolating soul with an irresistible polyrhythmic onslaught skewed to the rural roots of traditional merengue. Diaz's fleet-fingered work on the squeezebox leads the way, along with his impassioned vocals, but the entire band conjure a wonderfully organic charm on Mi Corazón.
Wed., Sept. 21, 7 p.m., 2011

 
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