Intoxicating fusions from Pedrina y Rio, La Mambanegra, Profetas, Nelda Piña y BOA and Elkin Robinson stood out.
1. La Mambanegra: A mix of hardcore salsa, funk, hip-hop, reggae and ska, this nine-person troupe from the barrios of Cali (Colombia’s salsa capital) is hard-hitting, tight and electrifying live. Achieving a balance between danceable and virtuosity is no simple feat, but bandleader-saxophonist Jacobo Velez pulls it off. To make things more interesting, he's based the band’s persona on a mythical musical hero who’s lived incredible adventures. A visual and sonic treat.