Penya take to the Forge stage with a fiery and beguiling mix of Cumbia, Charanga, Reggae, Rock'n'Roll, Ska, Champeta and Funk all bound together by lead singer Angelica Lopez's natural inclination toward story-telling.
Angelica Lopez – Vocals, Percussion
Rowland Sutherland – Flute
Sonia Slany – Violin
Dario Rosseti Bonell – Guitars/Tres
Adolfredo Pulido – Bass/Coro
Keyboards – TBC
Percussion – Magnus Mehta
Drums/Coro – Jimmy le Messurier
Penya was formed by Colombian singer/songwriter Angelica Lopez in 2009. Hailing from the city of Cartagena on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Angelica grew up immersed in local folklore, dancing Cumbia and Mapalé barefoot on the streets of her hometown. A professional singer by 17, Angelica toured to London where she quickly felt at home and put down roots, gradually forming Penya with like-minded friends she met whilst gigging on London's Latin scene.
Penya's songs, all originals composed by Angelica and band mate Jimmy le Messurier, are a seed-mix of styles that reflect her life experience. Penya want to take you on a journey through an enchanted landscape of time, space, and feelings.
Penya released an EP in 2011 followed by a series of singles leading up to their first LP to be released later this year.
Check out www.penyaband.co.uk for more information
"Makes you want to dance for your life" – Latino Music UK
"Angelica's voice is perfect – sweet in a ballad, but her inspirationes are powerful" – Lubi Jovanovic, Latin music journalist and DJ
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