Hands waved through the smoky air and hips waggled from side to side. The weekend we’d all been waiting for had finally arrived. Bonfires blazed in the distance, surrounded by revellers taking a break from their revelling. The crisp air was filled with music and appreciative hoots from the audience.
The energy was high all weekend. There were one or two who we’re pretty sure didn’t sleep at all during the weekend. Bands from Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica and, of course, Peru, as well as artists and acrobats had come together to make a two-day long party one we wouldn’t forget.
Selvámonos 2014 had grouped together nine Peruvian bands and five international, as well as the two Oxampampina bands that played during the culture week.
Many of the bands that presented at Selvámonos have styles that are nigh-indefinable, and require a string of almost nonsense adjectives to even attempt to describe them. Reggae-folk-ska fusion. Afro-Peruvian-electro-dance fusion. Indie-Latin-pop-rock fusion.
Eventually the world “fusion” begins to lose all meaning. There was a huge mix of styles: cumbia, reggae, rock, ska, electronica… but they all had one thing in common: an incredible amount of energy.