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13 July 2012

Colombian group Ondatropica to play Hackney Empire

IS it possible to do a Black Sabbath cover in a 200-year-old drumming style? Yes. Should you? Why not? Colombian collective Ondatropica do just that.

And although the Black Country rockers’ classic 'Iron Man' (or ‘I Ron Man’ – Ron meaning rum in Spanish) isn’t the pick of all-star Latin American fusion band Ondatropica’s repertoire, it is another example of modern mix-match music that can be found at many Hackney venues.

Turn up to Rich Mix, Passing Clouds, and Servant Jazz Quarters and you’re as likely to hear a Brazilian playing Latin reggae on a guitar as a Nigerian funk DJ set.

Riding the new cumbia wave, Ondatropica incorporates everything from jazz and hip-hop to electronica. The sound clash of an 82-year-old flautist and a young beatboxer will be something to behold when the duo and the rest of the crew appear at Hackney Empire on 20 July.

Latin American fusion band Ondatropica mix-match music

Latin American fusion band Ondatropica mix-match music

Latin American fusion band Ondatropica mix-match music

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