New York City’s Latinx quartet Combo Chimbita has released a mystical new track today titled “Memoria”. Between echoing synths and intricate cumbia dub rhythms, the song draws a connection between the many stages of evolution throughout life. In the song’s new video, multidisciplinary artist Helen Ceballos simultaneously emerges from the earth and pays homage to it. Watch it here.
“In these drifting times, where haste has become aesthetically appreciated, returning to the maternal memory of our earth is a key and infallible route,” said Ceballos. “Embodying this performance affirmed the certainty that a path towards building collectively should always invite us to search from within. I give thanks to the visionary team for provoking our encounter and to Combo Chimbita for summoning music that invites us to review what is essential.”
The collaboration was conceived by Oscar Diaz who directed and produced this video as an ongoing auto-fictional narrative series with prominent Puerto Rican queer artists. Ceballos, born in the Dominican Republic and based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, uses her body to explore images of herself in relation to land, diaspora, and the erotic.
“Building a bridge between Combo Chimbita’s mystical exploration of memory and Helen Ceballos’ performance art was an organic weaving of the minds,” Diaz explained. “They challenge us to reexamine the relationships we cultivate between our bodies, the lands we inhabit, and the radiating energy of deep ancestral roots that connect us all. Visually and sonically, we reveal the distinct transformations we encounter through life while navigating the tenderness, grief, and resilience of one’s metamorphosis.”
“ “Memoria” is, without a doubt, a song that narrates a moment from my childhood: the passing of my grandfather, an important figure in my life who propelled me to sing,” lead vocalist Carolina Oliveras added. “That moment breathes into this track’s rhythms and loops, a melancholic moment that repeats itself into my memory and evokes the ephemeral nature of life.”
The band are playing select tour dates throughout the country this month, including a hometown show at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere on September 13 and a set at San Francisco’s Richshaw Stop on September 22. All upcoming dates are listed below.
9/13 – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere Rooftop with Bembona
9/19 – Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle with Rudy De Anda and Sonorama Discos
9/22 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop with Special Guest
9/23 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex with Bardo Martinez of Chicano Batman
9/25 – Dana Point, CA – Ohana Festival