Colombia’s Profetas, or “prophets,” sure know how to keep a crowd eager for their words. The hip hop/reggae/afro-Colombian fusion group released a hot single “Baila” last year, with the promise of a new album of the same name. But perhaps they’re waiting on a vision? A message? For their world tour to be over?
Whatever it is, I’d wait forever.
Despite their sparse releases (one incredible album in 2006 called Amor y Fortaleza) Profetas have remained a huge name in Afro-Latino fusion music. The quintet’s high-energy, socially conscious, sophisticated tracks manage to meld an unbelievable amount of genres into a couple of minutes: dance anthem, reggae, reggaeton, tropical, cumbia, jazz, rock (!), bilingual rap lyrics. And not to mention, they’re a band. A quintet. With a guitar and drums and hints of electro and everything.
Before I run out of blogging space, you have to hear this for yourself in “Baila,” to which you will indeed baila your a$$ off.
A standout instrument is singer Antombo Langangui’s unconventional voice, which is more prominent in some of their older tracks like “On The Dance Floor ‘Peligroso’.” She sounds so very boldly nasal, like Mary J. Blige times 2, or like the female answer to Andre 3000. It’s such a marvelous change of pace from the same tired R&B female vocals that I found myself fast-forwarding to the hooks so I could hear her again (Pablo Fortaleza’s raps are tight, though).
You can catch up with Profetas on their Facebook, and feel free to nag them on that new album.