Part of Sunday’s closing concert for the Ecuador Jazz 2015 Festival was Como Asesinar a Felipes, CAF for short, a band from Chile whose moody jazz / hip hop fusion was unlike anything I’ve heard before.
To be clear, those descriptors really just scratch the surface of the undefinable sound I listened to on Sunday afternoon. Let’s call it experimental hip hop with a cool contemporary urban Latin edge. Gritty and unpredictable but at times calm too, like the Santiago streets where the band was formed.
This is how koolarrow records, their US label, describes their sound:
Describing their sound as “fusion between hiphop and jazz” might sound cliche, until one appreciates how their unique approach to the moodier, and darker aspects of these genres (think Coltrane, Company Flow, McCoy Tyner, Immortal Technique, Bill Evans) painted on a psychic canvas in saturated technicolor, against a backdrop of post-Pinochet Chile.
Their contemporary meld of style and sound was an interesting contrast to the performance by Totó La Momposina, Colombia’s Queen of cumbia, that followed, but it fit.
So yes, I’m now a huge fan. And I really want to find the shirt vocalist Koala Contreras was wearing.
Eight more images below. Enjoy!