Heritage of Timbiquí sings to its roots and self-esteem

Timbiquí is a small community in Colombia, where the inhabitants see each other as brothers. The members of the Herencia de Timbiquí group grew up in this atmosphere of brotherhood, a fact that led them to dedicate their musical project to extolling the human side of their country.

“It is important to do it always bearing in mind that one starts from a territory where humanity prevails. Where we come from, what they eat today in one house they can easily eat in five more, because we share several dishes to survive, ”said the vocalist, Wilian Angulo.

The group was founded in 2000, in addition to the singer, it is made up of eleven Afro-descendant musicians: Begner Vásquez, Enrique Riascos, Julio Mancilla, Etiel Alegría, Pablo Mancilla, Julio Sánchez, Cristhian Salgado, Andrés Pinzón, Ulises Varela and Omar Trujillo.

His compositions mix classic instruments such as the marimba, the bass drum, the cununo (a drum-shaped percussion) and the guasa (a kind of tube-shaped rattle that contains seeds inside and sounds when shaken), with modern sounds. such as bass, keyboards, trumpet, saxophone, electric guitar and drums.

The mixture of sounds that they have achieved is also the result of a series of musical influences that surrounded them since they were little, and as Wilian emphasizes, it is part of the essence that they will always defend.

“We have a school that listens to everything in the Colombian Pacific, Olimpo Cárdenas, Vicente Fernández, Pedro Infante, Antonio Aguilar, Alejandro Fernández, Marco Antonio Solís. We listen to Ecuadorian music, bachata, merengue. In our music you will find any musical current, we do not limit ourselves”.

Regarding the issues they address in their lyrics, Begner added that they always try to weave them together so that they result in something close to their entire audience, regardless of what kind of community they come from.

“It gave us a good result to mold ourselves to the different characteristics of human beings, how to “unbox” it from folklore and make it more global. The themes are there, love, sorrows, heartbreaks, joys, triumphs and defeats, costumbrista poetry, memories from childhood to old age, grandparents, the people, the land, the sea, the river”.

Herencia de Timbiquí recently premiered Onlya theme with which they seek to leave a feeling of well-being and joy in listeners, but above all, make them see that it is valid to pamper themselves and enjoy solitude.

“Sometimes you think “then I’ll make time for myself, to go to a spa where I’ve wanted to go for a long time, but I have to work and be with my partner”. But you need that time alone for things like that,” Begner explained, in relation to the inspiration for the lyrics.

“You have to take the time to say this is not good for me, I’m going to put it aside and I’m going to look for my escape life, I’m one step away from being affected by this situation, I have to cut it off.”

The musician added that as artists they have also experienced this lack of recognition of their own work, and even recalled an anecdote they experienced at the beginning of their career, when they did not know how to charge for their work.

➡️ Subscribe to our Newsletter and receive the most relevant notes in your email

“When we started everything we did it because we liked it, so when it was time to get paid, we didn’t know how to do it. People asked us how much they owed us, and we doubted, and gave a low figure, that even people were surprised because we charged very cheap”.

The group is currently preparing two new albums, the first of which will be released in the coming weeks, and the other in the second half of the year. They are also fine-tuning the details of their presentations in the United States and Colombia.