CUMBANCHA (kōōm'bahn'chah')

n. 1. An impromptu gathering or party.

2. An acclaimed record label dedicated to presenting exceptional music from around the world.

[<Sp: Afro-Cuban slang of West African derivation.]

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Sarazino is the brainchild of Lamine Fellah, a musician, songwriter and producer whose nomadic life is reflected in the multicultural influences in his songs. Fellah is a true child of a globalized world and Sarazino’s music draws on reggae, Latin and African grooves, Arabic music and catchy, international pop to create an upbeat celebration of the diverse world we all share.

Originally from Algeria, raised in Burkina Faso, Burundi, Spain, Switzerland and Montreal, and based for many years now in Ecuador, Sarazino is a quintessential globetrotter in his life and music. He’s also a consummate cross-cultural collaborator, and his three Cumbancha albums feature guest appearances by Liliana Saumet of Colombian supergroup Bomba Estereo, reggae legend Toots Hibbert of Toots & The Maytals fame, South African singer Zolani Mahola of Freshlyground (best known for their collaboration with Shakira on the official 2010 World Cup theme song “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”), rising Argentinian star Sol Pereyra, Sabina Sciubba from New York indie-rock darlings Brazilian Girls, Afro-Peruvian electronica pioneers Novalima, African superstars Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Jamaica’s leading young reggae band Rootz Underground, Spanish mestizo singer Amparo Sanchez, and Luísa Maita, the 2011 Best New Artist winner at Brazil’s equivalent of the GRAMMYs, and many others.

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