Through her folkloric mystique, otherworldly psychedelia, and a dash of enigmatic punk, Ahomale by Combo Chim- bita catapults the sacred knowledge of our forebears into the future. Their second studio album and Anti- Records debut sees the visionary quartet drawing from ancestral mythologies and musical enlightenment to unearth the awareness of Ahomale, the album’s cosmic muse. Com- prised of Carolina Oliveros’ mesmeric contralto, illumi-nating storytelling and fierce guacaracha rhythms, Princeof Queens’ hypnotic synth stabs and grooving bass lines, Niño Lento’s imaginative guitar licks, and Dilemastronau- ta’s powerful drumming, the lure and lore of Combo Chim- bita comes into existence.
Rooted in Colombia and based in New York, Combo Chimbita lives in the future. After playing together foryears, these first-generation New Yorkers began experi- menting with different traditional musical styles during their late night residencies at Barbès in Brooklyn. Explor- ing the connections between visual identity and improvi- sational 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.