Funk music has long had a loyal following in Chile, yet surprisingly the genre has never had its own festival in the country. Festifunk 2012 will change all that, and on November 24 some of Chile and Latin America’s biggest names in funk, soul, and hip-hop will entertain crowds in Santiago’s Movistar Arena.
With this being the festival’s debut installment, it seems appropriate that the godfathers of Chilean funk music are among the headliners. The reunion of 90s funk staple Los Tetas in 2011 has had many Chileans excited, and expect the crowd to sing along to vintage hits Corazón de Sandía (Watermelon Heart), Cha Cha Cha and La Medicina.
Fellow funk rockers Chancho en Piedra have been going strong for 18 years now. Sometimes referred to as Chile’s answer to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, the band’s latest sound has been described as a multi-genre tribute to Chilean music.
Argentinian band Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas head up the festival’s international contingent. Having split in 2003 after 12 years of production, the band got back together last year, and as ever the sound is hard to define. Heavily influenced by hip-hop, the band also manages to work in some electronica and heavy metal for good measure, giving this brand of funk a unique flavor.
Inspired by the likes of Los Tetas and Chancho en Piedra, Chilean band Papanegro formed in 1998 and quickly developed a funk/alternative rock fusion that has been a hit at home and overseas. Expect to hear tracks from the bands latest album I.A.M.G.O.D.
Brand new on the scene, Emma Lihn is the latest guise of Karen Alfaro, former lead singer of Chilean folk/funk fusion band Las Capitalinas. Alfaro will provide an upbeat pop and funk blend for the festival’s newest sound.
Tickets are on sale now and are available from US$25 (CLP12.000) – US$65 (CLP31.000). For further information and to keep tabs on late additions to the lineup, visit Movistar Arena’s official website.