Peru’s Novalima to perform in Los Angeles

Isabel Guerra

Novalima, an eight-member mixed-race electro-acoustic collective, will conclude its first U.S. tour on Saturday as part of a Grand Performances double bill at California Plaza, Los Angeles.

Novalima brings a contemporary DJ sensibility to the studio, blending traditional forms with rock, reggae, jazz, dub, salsa and electronica.

The group’s founders, Ramon Perez-Prieto, Grimaldo Del Solar, Rafael Morales and Carlos Li Carrillo, were raised in bohemian Lima families.

"Our music opened a lot of young people’s minds who wouldn’t listen to Afro-Peruvian music before," says Del Solar, who was living in Barcelona when Novalima first took shape.

A remix collection has spread Novalima’s music to dance floors around the world, but in Peru, the band is bringing black Peruvian culture into the mainstream.

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