Digital Rumba

By: José Manuel Simián

Afro-Cuban folk music and electronica. 

Two things that don't normally go together, but should, especially after you listen to "3 Mujeres (Iború Iboya Ibosheshé)", the first single by Puerto Rican band ÌFÉ

The outfit (whose name means "love" and "expansion" in Yoruba) is the brainchild of Otura Mun (aka Mark Underwood aka DJ Nature), a musician and producer who moved from Indiana to San José in the late 90's and has been an active participant in the local music scene ever since, being involved with acts like Calma Carmona. 

"3 Mujeres (Iború Iboya Ibosheshé)" is a stunning first salvo for ÌFÉ, fulfilling the promise of delivering "Future Afro-Caribeña" music through its mix of rumba, digital beats and synthesizers.

According to Otura, the track was born out of a desire, "to make something that made me feel like when I’m playing, my soul is flying." 

Judge by yourself after watching this extended video, which also serves as an intro to the band.

ÌFÉ's debut album will be released next year. In the meantime, you can download "3 Mujeres (Iború Iboya Ibosheshé)" from their Soundcloud page:



José Manuel Simián is the Executive Editor of Manero. He used to be a lawyer and is probably listening to Bob Dylan as you read this.