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Culture and resistance: Calle Mambo

Wednesday, September 11

Melahuset
7:00 P.M.

On September 11, 1973, Chile was subjected to a bloody coup d'état led by army chief Augusto Pinochet and his military junta. Melahuset marks the resistance to this coup with a concert by the Chilean group Calle Mambo.


Doors open at 19:00

From 19:30: Conversations and appeals

21:00: Concert with Calle Mambo

Tickets: 170,- incl. tax. Tickets on sale at Ticketmaster


With his distinctive blend of genres from Latin American folk and Afro-Caribbean tones to electronica and rap, Calle Mambo has created a unique and captivating sound that always gives listeners a sense of closeness to their roots - no matter where in the world they come from or reside.

Calle Mambo's journey began well away from the streets of Chile, in the German city of Munich in 2013. This is where the four members met by chance, and in an attempt to both earn some money and create some atmosphere, Dante Parraguez, Guillaume Laumiere, Erkki Nylund and Jhon Valle began performing together as street musicians. At the same time, they were working to create new music that would also serve as a meeting point for several different genres. Thus, the Andes and their charango merge with Caribbean rhythms, bagpipes and timbales, while the cumbia is infused with a bit of electronica and maybe some rapping. Their lyrics reflect the times, but also condemn everything from the destruction of natural ecosystems, oppression and xenophobia.

Playing over 10 instruments including quena, quenacho, cuatro, charango, tiple, gaita, zampoña, ronroco and timbales, every concert feels like a euphoric and dancing journey through the entire Latin American continent.