Bomba Estéreo Releases New Album “AYO” Today!

Bomba Estéreo Releases New Album “AYO” Today!

It will be released physically in September

“‘Ayo’ was born in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, one of the most powerful places in the world,” says Bomba Estéreo founder Simon Mejia. “The album title is a tribute to that magical place. A spiritual ceremony opened the path to this album. It returns to the Caribbean sonic roots of Bomba Estéreo while at the same time, keeps looking at the world with open eyes and open ears, taking risks on new paths.” The new single “Internacionales” is quickly becoming a dance-floor anthem.

“‘Internacionales’ is a statement about how music is the biggest and most beautiful language that crosses all barriers,” Mejia says. “Independent of race and culture, we’re all the same when it comes to sharing the dance floor.”

Recent single “Duele” is accompanied by the official video directed by Sam Mason. “Duele” is about the pain of heartbreak and overcoming it. While the music’s melody line recalls a Middle Eastern influence, it was recorded on a flauta de millo – the traditional woodwind instrument often played on classic cumbia recordings from the Caribbean coast of Colombia. The song was recorded in the Sierra Nevada mountain town of Minca, near Liliana’s hometown of Santa Marta.

Ayo is Bomba Estéreo’s 5th studio album, following the breakthrough success of its last album Amanecer, which was recently certified Latin Gold by the RIAA in the U.S. The album brought the band numerous accolades including a GRAMMY nomination, the collaboration “Fiesta (Remix Ft. Will Smith)” and the anthem “Soy Yo.”

The “Soy Yo” music video immediately went viral last fall, surpassing more than 23 million views. The clip resulted in first-time actress Sarai Gonzalez being invited to the White House to meet President Obama. Lin Manuel Miranda tweeted about the video, saying he watches it “every morning to give me strength. I love it so.” The New York Times published an Arts Cover Story about the power of the video in empowering Latinas. The video was also featured in outlets from VOGUE to The Guardian. NPR said: “It’s been called an ode to little brown girls everywhere. A swaggier Little Miss Sunshine. An empowerment anthem.”


August 12 – Outside Lands – San Francisco, California
August 15 – Irving Plaza – New York, New York (SOLD OUT!)
August 16 – Irving Plaza – New York, New York (SOLD OUT!)
August 17 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC (SOLD OUT!)
August 26 – Rakettnatt Festival – Tromso, Norway
August 30 – La Riviera – Madrid, Spain
August 31 – Razzmatazz – Barcelona, Spain
September 2 – Elysee Montremartre – Paris, France
September 3 – La Madeleine – Brussels, Belgium
September 5 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
September 7 – Uebel & Gefährlich – Hamburg, Germany
September 9 – Lollapalooza – Berlin, Germany
September 10 – Bestival – East Lulworth, United Kingdom
September 12 – KOKO – London, United Kingdom
September 16 – Club Colombia Oktoberfest – Cali, Colombia
September 21- Riversounds Festival – Asuncion, Paraguay
September 23 – Rock In Rio – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
September 26 – Teatro Vorterix – Buenos Aires, Argentina
October 1 – Music Tastes Good Festival – Long Beach, California
October 6 – Breakfest Festival – Medellin, Colombia
October 7 – Club Colombia Oktoberfest – Bucaramanga, Colombia
October 11 – Sala Corona – Mexico City, Mexico
October 14 – Club Colombia Oktoberfest – Villavicencio, Colombia
October 21 – Club Colombia Oktoberfest – Manizales, Colombia
October 25 – Pepsi Center – Denver, Colorado (with Arcade Fire)
October 27 – Silverstein Eye Centers Arena – Independence, Missouri (with Arcade Fire)
November 5 – Club Colombia Oktoberfest – Cartagena, Colombia
December 5 – Gran Carpa de Las Americas-Corferias – Bogotá, Colombia (with Arcade Fire)
December 8 – Arena Rio – Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (with Arcade Fire)
December 9 – Anhembi – Sao Paulo, Brasil (with Arcade Fire)
December 11 – Movistar Arena – Santiago, Chile (with Arcade Fire)
December 13 – Parque de la Exposición – Lima, Peru (with Arcade Fire)