Colombian stars Bomba Estéreo release their new album ‘Deja’ today. ‘Deja‘ is the band’s long-awaited first album in 4 years.
The new single “Como Lo Pedi” features a collaboration with the iconic Mexican songwriter Leonel Garcia. The song was produced by Trooko, who has worked with artists ranging from M.I.A. to Residente of Calle 13. “I made about 10 different versions of this song—I wanted to get it perfect,” singer Liliana “Li” Saumet says. “So I thought of Leonel. In two days, he sent me an incredible idea! Super-profound lyrics, incredible voice. I imagine someone in a disco listening to that song and falling in love at the same time.”
The album ‘Deja‘ is divided conceptually into four sections that correspond to the earth’s four elements: Agua, Aire, Tierra, and Fuego. “The album is about the connection and disconnection of human beings—from the planet, from one’s own self,” Li explains. “It’s about how we’re disconnected, more connected to electronic devices and virtual things than real things. So we decided to use the four elements because they’re part of the equilibrium of human beings.”
The recent single “Conexión Total,” is a collaboration with Nigerian superstar Yemi Alade. “Collaborating with Yemi is a huge honor as our music has been deeply inspired by Africa in all senses since we started,” says Bomba Estereo’s founder Simon Mejia. “Colombia’s folk music owes a lot to the mother continent, that powerful mix of African drums and marimbas, with indigenous flutes and chants is the base of the incredible soundscape of this country. Yemi is a great artist and has an amazing voice. We’re really happy to keep on extending the cultural and ancestral ties that bond Africa with South America.”