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Albums of The Week: Meridian Brothers | Meridian Brothers & El Grupo Renacimiento

Prolific Colombian musician Eblis Alvarez & his band blend cumbia, psychedelia, electronica and Latin-rock to create the greatest band that never actually existed.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Meridian Brothers & El Grupo Renacimiento reanimates the forgotten sounds of the fantastical 1970s salsa dura group El Grupo Renacimiento. The group identifies as “B-class” salsa whose music explores human struggles in the urban city landscape, with themes such as police brutality, social marginalization, and addiction.

Led by prolific Colombian musician Eblis Alvarez, Meridian Brothers ‘resurrected’ El Grupo Renacimiento in Bogota’s Isaac Newton Studios to capture their “legendary” sonic collage of cumbia, psychedelia, electronica and Latin-rock . Although the group came out of myth, its members and music have been created in spirit. Embodied by Meridian Brothers and depicted in the graphic creations of illustrators Glenda Torrado and Mateo Rivano, the members of El Grupo Renacimiento have now come to life.

Back in the 1970s, as the story goes, this Latin-soul-style ensemble captivated the hearts of Bogota’s youth with their provocative and danceable melodies, inspiring more than various expressions of acceptance, interested winks, and admiration from its fan club. Unfortunately, life and the vicissitudes of youth made all the members of this virtuous septet fall into oblivion. However, after a long rehabilitation, they have regrouped to record again, hand in hand with the Meridian Brothers.”