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tropical futurism.

cumbia not cumbia.


Rooted in Colombia and based in New York, Combo Chimbita lives in the future. After playing together for years, these first-generation New Yorkers—powerhouse vocalist Carolina Oliveros, synth and bassist Prince of Queens, guitarist Niño Lento, and drummer Dilemastronauta—began experimenting with different traditional musical styles during their late night residencies at Barbès in Brooklyn. Exploring the connections between visual identity and improvisational long-form trips, Combo Chimbita came together as a four-piece band after they started encouraging more vocals by Carolina Oliveros, who tightens the rhythm with her guacharaca.


Stephanie Orentas
Europe/UK Booking: 
Nikita Lavrinenko
Americas, Australia and Asia: 
Judd Hower


Drums, Vocals
Niño Lento
Guitar, Vocals
Prince of Queens
Bass, synths, Vocals
Carolina Oliveros
Lead Vocals, Guacharaca


“Although their backgrounds are in heavy rock, metal, and psychedelic funk and soul, they gleefully fuse elements from cumbia, 70s funaná from Cape Verde, kompa from Haiti, mixing the Guacharaca and futuristic-yet-retro synth sounds.” 

- John Schaefer, WNYC

"Quickly becoming one of the best examples of the innovation that can come from retro-futurism, is New York City’s Combo Chimbita. Their music by its very existence is the idealized future they strive to create and one day live in."

- Luis Linan, Latinx Spaces

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