Country : Colombia / France Label : Airfono Genres and styles : Afro-Colombian / currulao / Electronic / Salsa Year : 2024

Ëda Diaz – Suave Bruta

· by Michel Labrecque

Colombian popular music is definitely on the move. Tradition and modernity meet, test and combine in all sorts of ways. There are all kinds of variations on Cumbia, as well as blends of folklore, electronica, rock, jazz and hip-hop.

The group Bomba Estéreo launched the trend in 2008, and since then, creators have proliferated endlessly.

Several Colombian expatriate artists bridge the gap between their homeland and other influences. Like Toronto-based Lido Pimienta, or Montanera, whom we recently reviewed for PAN M 360.

We must now add Ëda Diaz, born in Bretagne, France, to a Colombian father and a French mother. She has just released Suave Bruta, a dazzling album that blends the traditional sounds of currulao, vallénato and bullerengue with synthesizers, all kinds of percussion and echoing accordions. And double bass, Ëda Diaz’s preferred instrument.

She may have grown up in France, but Ëda Diaz clearly embraces her South American roots. She has spent a lot of time in Colombia, visiting her father’s family in Medellin, among other places, to absorb local sounds. But it’s clear that she’s listened to a lot of Latin American music.

What emerges from all this is an addictive, danceable record, but also deep and intelligent, full of aural surprises. We hear insects, birds, samples of Latin American singers and even a trio of Breton singers.

Almost all the pieces are sung in Spanish, with the exception of the very last, “Déjà Vu”.

Suave Bruta is the title of the album, but also that of a popular song by Colombian singer Jose Arroyo. With the help of producer Anthony Winzenrieth, Ëda Diaz has created a formidable stylistic cocktail.

Be warned: addiction increases with the number of listens.

Latest 360 Content

Vampire Weekend – Only God Was Above Us

Vampire Weekend – Only God Was Above Us

Karina Gauvin – Marie Hubert : Fille du Roy

Karina Gauvin – Marie Hubert : Fille du Roy

P’tit Belliveau Talks About His New Album, Frogs, and Income Tax

P’tit Belliveau Talks About His New Album, Frogs, and Income Tax

At Annie-Claude Deschênes’ table: between utensils & sound experimentation

At Annie-Claude Deschênes’ table: between utensils & sound experimentation

Noah Kahan: An Emotive Performance with Goofy Banter

Noah Kahan: An Emotive Performance with Goofy Banter

Université de Montréal | Jean-François Rivest’s Grandiose Farewell

Université de Montréal | Jean-François Rivest’s Grandiose Farewell

OSL | Naomi Woo | Musique du Nouveau Monde

OSL | Naomi Woo | Musique du Nouveau Monde

Anderson & Roe, piano duo great innovators

Anderson & Roe, piano duo great innovators

Nadia Labrie – Flute Passion – Claude Bolling : Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio

Nadia Labrie – Flute Passion – Claude Bolling : Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio

David Jalbert – Prokofiev : Piano Sonatas vol. II

David Jalbert – Prokofiev : Piano Sonatas vol. II

HOMESHAKE – CD Wallet

HOMESHAKE – CD Wallet

Hawa B or not Hawa B ? “sadder but better” EP answers the question !

Hawa B or not Hawa B ? “sadder but better” EP answers the question !

Willows and Soleil Launière: A post-eclipse luminous evening

Willows and Soleil Launière: A post-eclipse luminous evening

Kevin Johansen – Quiero Mejor

Kevin Johansen – Quiero Mejor

Shades of Bowie, composed for the man behind Blackstar

Shades of Bowie, composed for the man behind Blackstar

Bahar Harandi’s feminist Iran

Bahar Harandi’s feminist Iran

Sunglaciers – Regular Nature

Sunglaciers – Regular Nature

Canicule – BOYZ

Canicule – BOYZ

David Jacques – 16 histoires de guitares III

David Jacques – 16 histoires de guitares III

Abel Selaocoe: the wind that blows away

Abel Selaocoe: the wind that blows away

Single of The Day – “everyday it rains” – Sea Shapes

Single of The Day – “everyday it rains” – Sea Shapes

Tolemn – Jango

Tolemn – Jango

Single of the Day – “OVEROVEROVER” – OH, BERLIN

Single of the Day – “OVEROVEROVER” – OH, BERLIN

Beyoncé – Cowboy Carter

Beyoncé – Cowboy Carter

Subscribe to our newsletter