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Que Me Duele?

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“They have combined to produce something magical” - THE GUARDIAN

“Inspirational” – GILLES PETERSON (BBC 6MUSIC)

“Absolutely wonderful stuff” – LAUREN LAVERNE (BBC 6MUSIC)

“The magic touch!” – ERIC LAWRENCE (KCRW)

“Love it” – DJ YODA

“Que Me Duele?” is the irresistible lead single from ‘Curao’, the full collaborative LP from world-renowned British producer Quantic and Colombian folklore singer Nidia Góngora.

“Que Me Duele?” showcases the captivating songwriting, infectiously danceable rhythms and up-to-the minute production of this stunning LP – a record that brings a new and highly original interpretation of the unique, rich and mystical cultural traditions of the Colombian Pacific Coast.

A track in the Chirimia style, which originates from the Choco region of the North West Pacific Coast of Colombia, “Que Me Duele?” (“What hurts me?” in English) finds Góngora reflecting, in her native Spanish, on life’s indefinable sorrows. “I’m referring to the physical, mental and spiritual discomforts which we all have and which we don’t know how to perceive or cure in ourselves”, she explains. The crisp, uptempo instrumental track uses the ‘Levanta Polvo’ rhythm, which translates as ‘bring up the dust’ and is so called because it makes crowds dance so hard they kick up dust clouds – a legend that this powerful tune is set to live up to, as it builds in intensity towards a tripped-out synth-led crescendo.

Fronting leading regional outfits including Grupo Canalon, Nidia Góngora is considered one of the most outstanding artists of the typical marimba music of the South Pacific coast and a guardian of the oral tradition of the music of the South Pacific – playing a key role as a counsellor and big sister for many younger groups from the region who are inspired by her work and technique. Now based in the city of Cali, Góngora was born into a musical family in the remote river village of Timbiquí – an Afro-Colombian community whose location and cultural contrasts provide endless inspiration for her songwriting (as featured on previous Quantic works including the popular Quantic & His Combo Bárbaro single “Un Canto A Mi Tierra” – and its breathtaking video, which has had over a million YouTube views).

“Nidia has a very special story, and as a singer she embodies the spirit and ancestral treasures of her origin”, says Will “Quantic” Holland, who first became familiar with Góngora’s magnetic voice through the wall of his home when he lived in Cali (where he was based for seven years before recently moving to New York): “I had a neighbour who used to play a song from a Grupo Canalon CD on repeat. From that moment I realised how unique and special Nidia’s voice was; then I got to know her compositions and lyrics, which are always very beautiful.”


released April 7, 2017


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Quantic New York, New York

Jazz sensibility with future dancefloor orientated grooves, deep funk, tough drums and tropical rhythms.
Will Holland is one of the most talented and prolific artists in the world of alternative dance music today. Recording under various guises, Will first found acclaim as Quantic. ... more


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