Sonido Gallo Negro

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A stunning 9-piece, instrumental combo from east Mexico City that channels both the mystique and mysticism of 1960’s Peruvian cumbia. The band integrates styles like Amazonian cumbia, huayno, cumbia sonidera, boogaloo and chicha (Peruvian cumbia) with electric guitars, Farfisa organ, theremin, flute and of course fluid Latin percussion. 

Spaghetti western soundtracks, psychedelia and surf music also echo in their compositions.

Sonido Gallo Negro’s music proposal enrichens and cultivates this musical genre with its exotic sui generis version that integrates outstanding visuals performed live by designer Dr. Alderete, who illustrates in real time.



“THE ELEGANT arrangements and superb musicianship on this third offering from the Mexican octet somehow fail to make the title quite as cosmic as promised.”

in Morning Star 

“If David Byrne were to select a quirky Mexican group to showcase on his Luaka Bop label, then Sonido Gallo Negro (...) would surely be prime candidates and Berlin-based label Glitterbeat have beaten them to it.”

Tim Stenhouse in UK Vibe