Son Rompe Pera
Mexico City, Mexico
Born and raised in the deep outskirts of Mexico City, the Gama brothers are keeping alive the rich legacy of marimba music running through their family with their latest project, Son Rompe Pera. While firmly rooted in the tradition of this historic instrument, their fresh take on this folk icon challenges its limits as never before, moving it into the garage/punk world of urban misfits and firmly planting it in the 21st century. They grew up performing alongside their father at weddings, birthday parties and in the street, but their teenage years were full of rebellion, and they left the marimba behind to play in various punk, rockabilly and ska bands. Now they've come full circle and the marimba is once again leading the way at the head of a true rock mestizo band, combining folk with their unstoppable garage-marimba-punk-cumbia repertoire of Mexican, Peruvian, and Colombian classics, original material, and a specialty of surprise cover versions. Their debut album was released on ZZK/AYA records on February 2020, right before the world shut down and forced them to cancel their whole cycle of touring, including stops at the historic WOMAD UK fest and a selection to the WOMEX conferenence in Bupadest. But that didn’t stop the band, as they reverted back to their roots, becomming a main-stay in the streets, parks, and plazas of Mexico City, the only place where physical shows can happen. And they quickly figured out their digital and streaming presence, participating in dozens of live-stream festivals around the globe, as well as in various music conferences, and producing multiple online ticketed shows where they upped their game with tricks such as live international musical guests, audience interaction, and new songs and visuals, to keep giving something new to their fans stuck at home. No one knows where their marimba will take them next--more than likely around Mexico for the foreseeable future--but you can count on them to keep performing, whether it’s for some workers in the streets, a house party or wedding, or at the world’s biggest festivals.