Master of Percussion, Awarded Alexander Duque played for us the Tambora. He is a renowned traditional music investigator in Colombia, composer and music pedagog. “Maestro Alexander Duque was part of the salsa circle of the 80’s and early 90’s in renowned groups such as ‘Latin Brothers’, ‘La Sonora Dinamita’ and ‘La Ley’, where his instrument par excellence was the tumbadora [conga]”1. Being a member of world music groups like “Altagracia” and “Tamborimba” he also organized world music festivals since 2002 in the city of Cali. He has published pedagogic works and didactic material under different academic institutions in Colombia concerning popular and traditional music in Colombia and Latinamerica.
1 2016 Duque, “A Mano Limpia”, Instituto Departamental de Bellas Artes, Cali.
Jorge Enrique “Kike” Toledo
We are excited to announce that we brought 2021 Grammy sound engineer Jorge Enrique “Kike” Toledo on board for Tambora. Kike’s work includes recordings of several albums in Cali Colombia including Grupo Niche’s “40” (winner of Best Tropical Latin Album 2021 Grammy). His broad experience with latin percussion instruments recordings impregnated the realization of Tambora, letting its authentic sound shine through the final product. We recorded the Tambora in Dial Music Studios in the city of Cali, getting the true classic warm tones, presence, and punch sound of the highly regarded Trident Series 80B Console and the recording hall where Grupo Niche, Guayacán and other latin artists have recorded.