Out in October on Enchufada, the LP is the first time the duo have recorded with live musicians.
Dengue Dengue Dengue will release their third album, Zenit & Nadir, on Enchufada this October.
Following their 2018 EP Son De Los Diablos, the focus of Felipe Salmon and Rafael Pereira's new album is their ongoing exploration of the musical heritage of the descendants of former African slaves in Peru. Their interest in Afro-Peruvian music led to them meeting and recording extensively with several members of the Ballumbrosio family, a renowned Afro-Peruvian musical dynasty, and working with traditional rhythmic styles like landó, festejo and crioullo music, as well as traditional dances and instruments like the quijada, which is a percussive instrument made out of a donkey's jawbone. It's the first time the duo have recorded with live musicians.
"We like to think that there is a sort of dark, mysterious and mystic sound that is constant in every record," Salmon and Pereira said. "The difference between each record is the fusion of two or more ideas that we are exploring at the time." The pair also moved from Lima to Berlin three years ago, which they said lends itself to artistic collaborations as people come in and out of the city. "Of course [Berlin] influences us, but not in the typical way you may think."
Known for their live audiovisual performances, Dengue Dengue Dengue often wear "artful and futuristic" masks which reference traditional or indigenous elements. Their new masks, which will debut on their upcoming tour, were handcrafted by Barcelona-based artists Twee Muizen. The band will continue their European tour with brothers Pudy and Miguel Ballumbrosio in October and November, with North and South American dates to be announced.
Read our 2016 feature on Dengue Dengue Dengue.
Watch a live performance of "Ágni."
02. Decajón (feat. Prisma & Martin Boder)
03. El Cavilante (feat. Sara Van & Mikongo)
04. Jarana y Tundete
06. Coimu Gqoimu
08. The Invisible Ones (feat. Kalaf)
10. Pacos (feat. Prisma)
Enchufada will release Zenit & Nadir on October 4th, 2019.Photo credit: Jahel Guerra and Daniela Carvalho