Bomba Estéreo has made an impression since catapulting onto the worldwide music scene in 2015 with their album “Amanecer” and the hit single “Fiesta,” that includes Will Smith. While they have been nominated a number of instances over time for Grammys, Latin Grammys, and Billboard Music Awards, they’ve but to take house a trophy. This year might be their year: Bomba Estéreo is up for 4 Latin Grammy nominations, together with album of the year for “Deja” and document of the year for “Ojitos Lindos,” a collaboration with the largest Latinx star right now, Bad Bunny. They’re additionally nominated for a Latin Grammy within the class of greatest Latin rock, city, or various album for “Deja.” Even extra, they’ve solidified themselves as a pressure behind the scenes, garnering lead singer Liliana Saumet and multi-instrumentalist Simón Mejía with album of the year nominations for a second time: Saumet as a songwriter on Bad Bunny’s “Un Verano Sin Ti,” and Mejía as a producer on Fonseca’s “Viajante.”
It’s fairly apparent that the band hailing from Colombia are onto one thing with their soul-rocking music and spirit-moving rhythms. This is why Bomba Estéreo is one in every of my favourite bands, and never simply because I like their music. I can really feel their music. This is very true throughout their dwell performances. I’ve attended two Bomba Estéreo live shows, and at each exhibits, my soul journeyed. It went far past something I might really feel bodily; this was deep. My spirit felt free, shining brightly in numerous colours and lights. And the best factor was, I knew that others round me had been feeling it, too.
So, how can music, particularly at dwell performances, contact us so deeply on an emotional degree the place we will have profound religious experiences, each personally and collectively? “At the most basic level it relates to our understanding in [the] cognitive science of embodied perception,” says Dr. Alexander Khalil, an ethnomusicologist at the School of Film, Music, and Theatre at the University College Cork in Ireland. He explains that for a very long time it was believed that alerts got here via our senses and went into our brain, which then processes the sign. For instance, we see individuals dancing, the sign is shipped via our eyes to our brains, and we acknowledge that it is occurring.
“Now, cognitive science has moved away from that and moved toward an understanding that our cognition is embodied, meaning we think with our entire bodies and we feel emotions with our entire bodies. So, you kind of listen with your body, too.”
“Now, cognitive science has moved away from that and moved toward an understanding that our cognition is embodied, meaning we think with our entire bodies and we feel emotions with our entire bodies,” Dr. Khalil provides. “So, you kind of listen with your body, too.”
This made me take into consideration a magical time when I was on a seaside in Puerto Rico with my good friend, Cindy. I shared the profound impression Bomba’s music has had in my life as we listened to “Somos Dos” from the”Amanecer” album. Seconds later, my good friend appears up, and standing a number of ft in entrance of us on that seaside in Puerto Rico was none aside from Liliana, Bomba’s lead singer! We each sat surprised for a second earlier than approaching her and explaining the connection. Her husband merely smiled and stated, “The Universe is speaking.”
It most definitely was. Just like Bomba’s music speaks to my soul and I, pondering with my total physique, actually believed I manifested her presence on that seaside on that magical day. “Everything is energy. Everything is vibration,” says Rose Peña, a sound healer based mostly in Jersey City, NJ. “Sound in essence is the purest form of intelligence.” Pair that with the ambiance of a Bomba present, which completely attributed to the religious moments I skilled throughout their dwell performances. In October, at New York City’s Palladium Times Square, Bomba Estereo had an altar centerstage with prayer candles, crystals, and choices. All the devices had been lined with flowers, and you would scent the faint scent of palo santo smoke within the air all through the venue. These points set the temper, nevertheless it was the music that sparked the soul journey. At one level through the present, a good friend turned to me and stated, “I know what you mean now because I feel it, too.”
“If someone makes a very intense sound, it immediately maps onto your body, and you know exactly how it would feel to make that sound.”
“If someone makes a very intense sound, it immediately maps onto your body, and you know exactly how it would feel to make that sound,” Dr. Khalil explains concerning the collective expertise. “So, you understand something about that person’s internal state without consciously thinking, ‘That person feels tense.’ You just feel it.” The similar exists when somebody is experiencing a religious second as I did at Bomba’s dwell performances. “When people produce sounds that come from a different sort of state, like maybe a very meditative state, which often could be a long vocalization or something like that, you also feel how that feels and you understand it in an embodied way rather than understanding it with your mind like, ‘Oh, that person is having a spiritual experience,'” Dr. Khalil explains. “You actually feel it, and it’s reflected in you because our emotional states in this way are kind of contagious.”
The substances to Bomba’s secret sauce embrace the gaita flute, a tambor alegre, an electrical guitar, a keyboard, and the magic combination of Mejía instrumental expertise with the hypnotic vocals of Saumet. It’s tough to pigeonhole the eclectic band into one style; they convey a symphony of sounds, together with cumbia, reggaeton, electronica, hip-hop, dubstep, and extra. The musical sancocho Bomba Estereo serves up is tasty for the soul, and the mix of sounds solely provides to its sabor.
“Sound has a very powerful influence to change your state of being without you having to do anything but listen.”
“Sound has a very powerful influence to change your state of being without you having to do anything but listen,” Peña says. “Through your pores, your cells start to absorb that energy and therefore match the frequency of whatever you’re listening to.”
Like Bomba Estéreo’s music and dwell performances, Peña goals to lift the vibration within the individuals who attend her sound baths. “Sound works through your brain waves and can change the frequency you’re on,” she says. “As the facilitator of the sound, it’s all through intention. Where do we want to take you? Like when you went to the concert, there was intention behind it when she was wearing her outfit and she’s bringing in the spiritual side to it. There’s intention behind it, and that’s really where it all starts in order to bring the crowd to that deeper state.”
Peña says we’re largely working from the beta brainwaves, which is a state of go, go, go. But by bringing your state of being to theta waves, then the thoughts, which has a strong impact on the physique, it adjustments your vibration to a extra open, receptive, calm state of being. “When that happens, your body relaxes, your cells relax, your nervous system relaxes and once that happens, you unify with that part of you that is nonphysical,” she says. “As people begin relaxing, they’re releasing resistance, releasing blockages, and opening up.”
So, the subsequent time you are at a dwell efficiency of your favourite band or just having a celebration in your kitchen, let go, let the rhythms and sounds take you to new heights, and dance like nobody is watching! It’s therapeutic for the soul.
“You heal at a cellular, spiritual, and emotional level,” Peña says. “When you unify with that part of you that’s infinite, that’s where the magic happens.”