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Gabriel Garzn-Montano

Bombo Fabrika


This video was filmed in San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia, a small town in the northern part of Colombia.

First Id like to thank our friend Guillermo Camacho for taking us to Palenque and introducing us to our new friends from the band Kombilesa Mi. Palenque is a magical place - people blasting music and playing drums and singing everywhere - expressing more joy than Ive seen or felt in my whole life. Bombo Fabrika is about the place I go to when I write music. The music is not mine, it flows through me from a source much older and wiser than my body. Palenque is famous for originating some styles of Cumbia music which Ive been greatly influenced by. Filming this video in such an energetically potent musical birthplace was an incredible and humbling experience. Creating a bridge between Colombians living in NYC and Colombians living in Palenque was beautiful. - Gabriel Garzn-Montano

I went to elementary school with a guy named Guillermo Camacho in Bogot. I left Colombia at the age of 10 and lost touch with Guillermo until I discovered his work 15 years later. He had become an amazing photographer and social activist working on many powerful and meaningful projects in Colombia. I fell in love with his photographs of San Basilio de Palenque, a small town in the northern part of Colombia known for its musical identity and strong African heritage. Gabriel and I had been discussing the possibility of doing a project in Colombia since we are both from there. We reached out to Guillermo to see if he would be interested in helping us and he agreed.

Guillermo's friends in Palenque showed unbelievable generosity and willingness to get involved in the process of making this video. They helped us shoot, introduced us to everyone, appeared in the video, helped us rally motorcycles, horses, musicians, etc.

Palenque and its people are magical. We hope the video contains some of that magic. The joyful spirit of the people, the warmth in their demeanor, the constant stream of music playing in every corner of the town, the pride with which they display their African roots, the gorgeous nature surrounding the town, the unbelievable array of color and their impeccable style...are just some of of the things that melt together to form a place unlike any other. - Santiago Carrasquilla