After three years of production across different countries and continents, a group of four virtuosic female musicians and educators are preparing to emerge with flare onto the Latinx Alternative scene with the launch of their debut self-titled album, LADAMA, on September 8th, 2017.
The members of the group–Lara Klaus, Daniela Serna, Mafer Bandola and Sara Lucas–hail from Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and the United States and are masters at using acoustic and electric instruments from their respective countries in a captivating way. Reimagining South American and Caribbean styles like cumbia, maracatu, onda nueva and joropo, and blending them with soul, R&B and pop, LADAMA has come together to deliver an infectious, danceable sound rooted in Afro-Latinx styles sure to delight audiences everywhere.
“We are all deeply inspired by the rhythms and traditions of our homelands; working together as LADAMA makes me feel even more connected with my background, our ancestors, indigenous and African,” Lara Klaus shared. “From the first time we played together, I felt a palpable shift in the way I relate to music, and see it as a powerful tool for not only energizing people but for change and transformation.”
The four young women first collaborated through the prestigious OneBeat fellowship, in which they incubated socially engaged projects and composed original music through cultural exchanges. It was there that the women uncovered a common dream and desire that now connects them–to build community through workshops that use music as a way to empower youth and women globally.
“We understand how rare and powerful it is to find other musicians who simultaneously challenge and inspire each other as part of the collaborative process and are deeply connected in our mission to empower other women by using music to shatter structures and boundaries” Sara Lucas, said. “Music, as a form of expression, is one of the most enlivening tools that people can use to heal, and inspire themselves and their communities.”
The dynamic foursome put their beliefs into practice, integrating their unique abilities in playing the bandola llanera from Venezuela, the tambor alegre from Colombia, and the pandeiro and zabumba from northeastern Brazil into a modern, electric sound to generate a refreshing, genre-bending path of their own.
By fusing and modernizing deeply rooted rhythms, LADAMA is creating a new musical conversation with global, soul-shaking appeal. Flowing from the acoustic to the electric, from Spanish, English, to Portuguese, and from the high plains of Venezuela to the Colombian coast, LADAMA and their inaugural record prove that borders are meaningless and meant to be broken.
Their album will transport audiences to a liminal space between borders that not only tells the story of a cross-cultural journey of sisters in rhythm and song but also stand as one of the most urgent and necessary interpretations of what it means to communicate across continents.