If you haven’t yet discovered the unique tunes of the Peruvian duo Dengue Dengue Dengue, you’d better get on it. The pair, Rafael Pereira and Felipe Salmón, gave the most prolific of births to Dengue Dengue Dengue in 2010 and has since been gracing the world with their abundance of groovy beats that jolt the body from the roots up.
Layering Latin American traditional styles of music, specifically cumbia, with electronic beats, the two have successfully fused otherwise uncommonly connected genres of music. Their focus on exploring native rhythms from around the world is doubly witnessed in their projected psychedelic graphics of indigenous people on their sets, as seen at their most recent show at GRETCHEN in Berlin on November 11.
The psychedelic visuals on set adds to the captivating experience of their performance. Every transition of song includes a typical cumbia, merengue, or some sort of Latin American rhythm infused with layers of techno, dub, or electro beats.
Minimal yet complex in its layers, Dengue Dengue Dengue manages to reward its listeners with tracks like “Dubcharaca” in which dub sounds are layered with guacharaca, a rhythm originally from Colombia. In an interview with The Red Bull Music Academy, the Limeños call their sound “Tropical Futurism” in which they merge instrumental and rhythmic styles with modern sounds. Their goal is to explore native rhythms from around the world and incorporate them into a fusion of cultural flavors. This merging of African and Latin American rhythms in the high bass levels are felt so deeply on the dance floor that they penetrate the soles of your feet to the soul of your being.
Their GRETCHEN show proved how the duo manages to get the crowd grooving with every excellently executed composition of beats and rhythms. Pereira and Salmon pay tribute to their indigenous roots by wearing traditional masks at every show. They style their identity with these traditional masks that are typically worn by the people of the Andean region of Peru and Ecuador during street carnivals.
The duo has indicated that Dengue has two meanings: one is slang for getting hyped or energized for a party, and the other refers to a traditional Cuban rhythm that sounds like “tiki-tiki-tik”, as Pereira describes in an interview with NPR.
Dengue Dengue Dengue appears to have an affinity to Berlin as Berliners have for them, having played many shows here in the last few years. Their debut album “La Alianza Profana”, released in 2012, was re-released for Europe, Asia, and Australia in 2013 by Berlin’s Chusma Records, according to the artists’ website bio. Since 2014, the artists have since played multiple shows in Berlin at venues including GRETCHEN, YAAM, Chalet, Kantine am Berghain and more.
Having just released their latest album “Las Siete Raices”, Pereira and Salmon are embarking on their album release tour in Europe in December and January, sharing their amazing audiovisual experience. It appears their tour dates are still a secret, so keep an eye and ear out for any updates!
In the meantime, if you find yourself at the International Festival of New Psychedelic Music at Rote Sonne, Munich on November 18 you’ll get a chance to check them out.
Here you can check out their latest album.