Interview by: Taylor Leigh


Why is culture important in your work and how does it contribute in the music you write?

Culture is important because it’s at the root of what we do. Our drive is to break down barriers and build bridges, erasing what the norm is and creating something new that represents us and our community. We dig deeper and learn the history and
respectfully dissect the music, and then rebuild it with our own flavor, but always understanding our duty as Afro-indigenous musicians and who we represent.

Are you currently working on any new music?

Yes, we have a forthcoming EP called “Túmbalo”, that is set for a vinyl & digital  release on 11/10/17 with a release party at: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1555662-buyepongo-los-angeles/ Zebulon LA that same night.

What is it like being part of Summer of the Environment?

It’s an honor and our dream to keep sharing our music with more and more people. In particular Artbound is dear to our hearts because we’re a generation that grew up on programming from KCET, and it gives us great pleasure to continue building on
the tradition of educating through entertainment.

Where do you see the band going in 5 or 10 years?

Our hope is to take our music around the world and back to the roots, always.

There are many artists working with Artbound for Summer of the Environment. Is there an artist that you think should be a part of it as well?

Brainstory is a talented trio of musicians from the extended suburbs of Los Angeles that are mixing jazz, rock, and pop, to create a blend all their own.

Watch Buyepongo on “Artbound Presents Studio A” this Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at 10 p.m. PT on KCET in Southern California, or nationwide on [ https://www.linktv.org/ ]Link TV starting Sept. 19 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Episodes will also be streamed online
every Tuesday [ http://kcet.org/StudioA ]here.

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