Kafé con Leche, as it was baptized in 2002, soon changed his name to Karamba due to commercial reasons. Led by Jorge Luis Robaina since its foundation, the group has defended alternative music that is nourished with the greatness of the 80s, 90s and early 2000s.
With his constant comings and goings between Havana, Madrid and other Spanish cities, Karamba manages to find what it was looking for: his own identity and tell the Cuban reality from new sounds. And the work has been hard. How to describe, through music, the hardness of everyday life? How to talk about problems from the perspective of their interpreters and be accepted? The philosophy they advocate is: “the heart processes what may be happening to you and even suffers, but it sings and dances as it bleeds.”
Say Karamba is renovation
Jorgito, as everyone tells him, is a prominent Cuban musician and singer with an important professional career. Thanks to his mastery and that of the members of the group, they have achieved a sound that identifies them.
His first record production Déjame volar (2003) is recorded in Zaragoza and already in 2004, with different format (keyboards, electric guitars, drums and various percussions), they achieve a totally new sound. And this leads to their second installment Mírame with themes like Karambera and Mírame that became very popular.
2008 was an incredible year for the group because they are selected as hosts of the Water Expo and they walk through different Spanish stages. In 2009, they released their third production De ida y vuelta with which they were nominated in various categories at Cubadisco 2010 and were even selected to compete for Cuba at the Grammy Awards that year.
And they keep reaping successes…
Nominated for the Lucas Awards, selected in the top ten of 40 Latinos, Cadena Sol and MTV Spain and even by the SER channel to promote their products … They simply do not stop.
International commitments and festivals do not allow them a minute of rest. This is how the “Viva América Festival” takes place in Madrid along Calle 13 and they carry out the beautiful initiative of “A bridge to Havana” where they call for the world’s artists to visit Cuba.
In 2015 they traveled to Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, the United States and countries of Central America and the Caribbean, to present Desahogos, their fifth proposal. And in 2017, after his long tours, they return to their usual space on Thursday at the “Mi Habana” Café Cantante, one of the most important musical spaces in the Cuban capital. They are currently working on 3 new albums: Desahogo 10/11/12, Bocetos de Ama, and Atrevido y a golpe de sombrero. This last one cataloged like one of the most son like, for happiness of the lovers of the genre.
Collaborations and shared scenarios
• Disco Novel of the Fulanito de Tal group, Zaragoza, Spain.
• Compilation record of the Cuba-Italy Friendship Association.
• The air that returns with Discographic Delights.
The Karamba group has shared stages with important national and international figures: Eliades Ochoa, Pedrito Calvo, Charanga Habanera, Adalberto Álvarez, Los Van Van, Juan Luis Guerra y la 440, Rubén Blades, Diana Krall, Patti Smith, Robert Cray, Alanis Morisette, Bob Dylan and Gloria Estefan, among others.