A sextet of musicians gathered together in Melbourne, Australia, Amaru Tribe are set to release their self-titled debut album, which features collaborations with artists from all around the world, including but not restricted to Tonolec (Argentina), QVLN (USA), and Stuart Fergie from OKA (Australia).
Produced by vocalist/guitarist Oscar Jiminez, the album reflects the band’s strong musical heritage, exploring electronics and tribal instrumentation, fusing South America into one “vibration”. The bilingual nature of the album reflects the connections between the diverse cultural backgrounds that go into making up Australia.
‘Amaru’, in the Quechua language of the peoples of the central Andes region, is the serpent which connects the spiritual and subterranean world. The Tribe nurture their deep connection with their roots and mythology through their songlines, and by the use of Amazonic drums, vibrating charangos, and powerful vocal harmonies. In turn these align to the land of Australia, connecting the entire Southern Hemisphere, and establishing a genre which they call ‘Oceanic Cumbia’ (‘Cumbia Oceanica’ in Spanish).
Amaru Tribe are Oscar Jiminez on Vocals/Guitar, Jose Nieto, Vocals and Percussion, Katherine Gailer, Vocals, Emiliano Beltzer on Bass, Abraham Dunovits playing Ukulele, Electric Guitar, and Christian Saavedra on Timbales and Percussion. Abraham and Christian additionally provide backing vocals.