About the video, Garzón-Montano comments, “Palenque is a magical place - people blasting music and playing drums and singing everywhere - expressing more joy than I’ve seen or felt in my whole life. Bombo Fabrika is about the place I go to when I write music. The music is not mine, it flows through me from a source much older and wiser than my body. Palenque is famous for originating some styles of Cumbia music. Filming this video in such an energetically potent musical birthplace was an incredible and humbling experience. Creating a bridge between Colombians living in NYC and Colombians living in Palenque was beautiful.”
Garzón-Montano has also released a Bombo Fabrika t-shirt with 100% of proceeds going to music programs in Palenque. The shirt is available for purchase here.
Following the release of his widely acclaimed debut LP Jardín via Stones Throw Records, Gabriel performed at NPR Tiny Desk and was included in roundups with Billboard’s “Best 50 Albums Of 2017” + Okayplayer’s “Top 17 Albums Of 2017”. His spring/summer tour features newly added lead support dates with Miguel and the Robert Glasper Experiment – tickets for the tickets for the remaining shows are available here.
6/29: Toronto, ON @ Revival Bar
7/4: Montreux, Switzerland @ Montreux Jazz Festival
7/8: Liege, Belgium @ Les Ardentes
7/9: Gräfenhainichen, Germany @ Splash! Festival
7/11: London, UK @ Somerset House w/ Robert Glasper Experiment
7/15: Los Angeles, CA @ Annenberg Space for Photography w/ Miguel
Quote from video director Santiago Carrasquilla: “I went to elementary school with a guy named Guillermo Camacho in Bogotá. I left Colombia at the age of 10 and lost touch with Guillermo until I discovered his work 15 years later. He had become an amazing photographer and social activist working on many powerful and meaningful projects in Colombia. I fell in love with his photographs of San Basilio de Palenque, a small town in the northern part of Colombia known for its musical identity and strong African heritage. Gabriel and I had been discussing the possibility of doing a project in Colombia since we are both from there. We reached out to Guillermo to see if he would be interested in helping us and he agreed.
Guillermo's friends in Palenque showed unbelievable generosity and willingness to get involved in the process of making this video. They helped us shoot, introduced us to everyone, appeared in the video, helped us rally motorcycles, horses, musicians, etc.
Palenque and it’s people are magical. We hope the video contains some of that magic. The joyful spirit of the people, the warmth in their demeanor, the constant stream of music playing in every corner of the town, the pride with which they display their African roots, the gorgeous nature surrounding the town, the unbelievable array of color and their impeccable style...are just some of of the things that melt together to form a place unlike any other.”