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Cero39Cero39 was born of a voyage between the river and the sea in Colombia. Its tamboreros, vocalists, birds and trees, were all found along the way. Directed by Mauricio Alvarez, the project explores the intersection of experimental dance music and the traditional sounds of colombia, envoking the bright colors and dances of its journey.

It all began in 2007. The musician, DJ and producer Mauricio Alvarez alias ‘Fredo’ from Medellín packs his things for a long journey to the north of Colombia. His destination: Barranquilla, the largest port of the country’s Caribbean coast. The region surrounding the Rio Madalena is a cradle of cumbia. He carries with him his production gear: computer, synthesizer, effect devices and recording equipment. There he meets countless musicians and singers from the region, among them many of the unforgettable cumbia and vallenato legends from the 60’s and 70’s. After one year of innumerable recording sessions, inspiring encounters and impressions, he returns to Medellín. His creativity knows no more boundaries. He becomes a sought-after arranger and remixer in the field of cumbia digital, and his mixes of Bomba Estereo, Cumbia Cosmonauts, Matia Bazar and the ZZK artists Tremor and El Remolon are celebrated in the world-wide future bass scene. His first EP “Volador” was released in 2011 on the small Chilean label KONN Records. The unique productions receive increasing attention. Before Fredo can concentrate on bringing his album to completion, he is receiving invitations to international festivals such as Congreso Iberoamericano de Cultura (Medellín), My World images / DNK (Denmark), Festival Cervantino (Mexico) and Latin Alternative Music Conference / LAMC (New York), as well as clubs in Washington and Miami, with the project Cero39.

Now finally, the debut album “Móntate en el Viaje” is in the pipeline: future sound from Colombia! An explosive sound cocktail Fredo himself calls “psychedelic electrotropidub”. As the album’s title (“Join The Trip”) promises, Cero39 send us on a voyage between time and space and into various sound spheres. Cero39 three special ingredients are dub, electronica and tropical sounds, especially in the form of cumbia. The styles are perfectly combined on the album. While the album opener “Me encontré con Nicomedes en Paris” and the songs “Morenita” and “Junto al mar” are characterized by dubby basslines, delays and downbeats, “Oie tú”, “Estate Cumbia” and “Camila”, with their moombahton and cumbia digital accents, are great tracks for the dancefloor. The voice of young singer Alexandra Arciniegas stands out in the songs “Bye Bye” and “Vamos”. Her style of singing mixed with the effects is reminiscent of early M.I.A. recordings. The album will be released 17th of May.


01. Me Encontré a Nicomedes en París
02. Morenita
03. Vamos
04. Estate Cumbia
05. Paseo
06. Me Perdí Amigo
07. Bye Bye
08. Capo
09. El Viaje
10. Nasa
11. Corozo
12. Junto Al Mar

The album Cero39Montate En El Viaje” (Chusma Records) is going to be released May 17, 2013.

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