I just got hip to Gabriel Garzón-Montano‘s new album today when I pressed play on his “Bombo Fabrika” video. The video you see above is from his January 2017 release, titled Jardin, out on Stones Throw. The video was shot in San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia, and it was directed by Santiago Carrasquilla.
Press play above and/or listen to is album below, click this link (digital) or this link (physical) to buy his album, and check the credits and read more about the video below the player.
Made at ART CAMP
Directed by Santiago Carrasquilla
Co-Directed by Guillermo Camacho
Cinematography by Oliver Lanzenberg
Produced by Jos Diaz Contreras
Co-Produced by Guillermo Camacho
Editorial by ART CAMP
Color by Irving Harvey
Featuring Kombilesa Mi, Estrellas del Caribe, Escuela de danzas Oriki Tabalá, Angelo, Maluquito, Luis polo, Lindo, Orlis, Ali, José, Andris, Jesús, Ferneys, Sandi, Ronaldinho, Anyelo, Yeiner, Nicolás, Jeferson, Tuberlu Azul, Juan, Julio, Leonel Torres, Jairo, Luceylis, Ronald, Henrry, Kendry, Carlos Andrés, Julio César, Cassiani, Viceiner and José Luis
“First I’d like to thank our friend Guillermo Camacho for taking us to Palenque and introducing us to our new friends from the band Kombilesa Mi. Palenque is a magical place – people blasting music and playing drums and singing everywhere – expressing more joy than I’ve seen or felt in my whole life. Bombo Fabrika is about the place I go to when I write music. The music is not mine, it flows through me from a source much older and wiser than my body. Palenque is famous for originating some styles of Cumbia music which I’ve been greatly influenced by. Filming this video in such an energetically potent musical birthplace was an incredible and humbling experience. Creating a bridge between Colombians living in NYC and Colombians living in Palenque was beautiful.” – Gabriel Garzón-Montano
“I went to elementary school with a guy named Guillermo Camacho in Bogotá. I left Colombia at the age of 10 and lost touch with Guillermo until I discovered his work 15 years later. He had become an amazing photographer and social activist working on many powerful and meaningful projects in Colombia. I fell in love with his photographs of San Basilio de Palenque, a small town in the northern part of Colombia known for its musical identity and strong African heritage. Gabriel and I had been discussing the possibility of doing a project in Colombia since we are both from there. We reached out to Guillermo to see if he would be interested in helping us and he agreed.
Guillermo’s friends in Palenque showed unbelievable generosity and willingness to get involved in the process of making this video. They helped us shoot, introduced us to everyone, appeared in the video, helped us rally motorcycles, horses, musicians, etc.
Palenque and it’s people are magical. We hope the video contains some of that magic. The joyful spirit of the people, the warmth in their demeanor, the constant stream of music playing in every corner of the town, the pride with which they display their African roots, the gorgeous nature surrounding the town, the unbelievable array of color and their impeccable style…are just some of of the things that melt together to form a place unlike any other.” – Santiago Carrasquilla