When ChocQuibTown won a Latin Grammy award for their breakout song “De Donde Vengo Yo” back in 2010, they testified that pride and passion for roots can resonate far and wide. From the shantytowns of Chocó, Colombia, to the global stage, the Afro-Colombian trio reaffirmed their testament on Saturday (July 13) at Central Park’s SummerStage, as they opened up with that same rap hit, boasting plenty of grace, cool and fervor.
As part of LAMC’s 20th anniversary series, in a concert produced together with the Latin Grammys, ChocQuibTown brought their infectious streetwise swagger and tropical rap fusions to hundreds of zealous festivalgoers in attendance.
“We come from a region in Colombia where we flow with the vibe of the Pacific. Welcome to the Pacific!” shouted rapper Carlos “Tostao” Valencia, right before cuing the verse to the next song, “Somos Pacíficos.” “Estamos unidos/ Nos une la región/ La pinta, la raza, y el don del sabor,” his wife, Gloria “Goyo” Martínez, crooned with a smooth, mellifluous flow that paired intriguingly well with her brother Miguel “Slow” Martínez’s breezy hip-hop beats.