Founded in 2007 by Colombian singer and bass player Fabio Montenegro, Numasbala was taken to the next level while he was attending Berklee College of Music. There he met Brazilian producer/engineer Pablo Friedman, who both influenced and helped shape Numasbala's vision and music.
In 2010 Numasbala was once again taken to a higher place when Guatemalan cook, keyboardist, singer, and accordionist Javier Samayoa (a.k.a. Capitan Clavier) joined forces with Fabio Montenegro and helped him put a band together. They then recruited Colombian lick-smacking guitar master Felipe Piedrahita (a.k.a. El Caido) and magical drummer from Colombia Gabriela Jimeno (Gabi), who helped the band take its first steps. Together, they played under the name Muamut at Cafe 939 at Berklee, All Asia Cambridge, and Kea in Bogotá, Colombia. In 2011 Gabi departed the band on friendly terms and the band kept on, renaming themselves Numasbala, adding a flavorful horn section, and experimenting with various drummers, until finding the current Peruvian drummer and beat master David Cornejo.
Now Numasbala has grown to be a powerful band with a five-horn section, percussionist, and backup singers (amongst them we find the famous Elsa "la anti-siniestra"). Numasbala has played at the Berklee Performance Center and several Latin parties around Boston, and has been invited to play more promising concerts this upcoming summer.
Be ready and be steady, because Numasbala is currently in the studio in Boston producing their new album, sure to seduce and enchant your ears and dance your soul!
View the entire Kendall Square concert series.