Cultura Profética

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Cultura Profética
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Cultura Profética performing in Cancún
Background information
Origin Puerto Rico
Genres Reggae en Español
Roots reggae
Years active 1996–present
Labels Tuff Gong
Luar Music
Website Official MySpace

Cultura Profética (in English, Prophetic Culture) is a Puerto Rican reggae band that was formed in 1996. They have toured in Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Mexico and the United States. Their lyrics relied mostly on socio-political and ecological issues but have taken a more romantic emphasis, especially in their album, La Dulzura.


The band originated in the island of Puerto Rico and has grown to be known around all of the Caribbean and southern and central America.[1] The group's name was inspired by the view that "music is a voice of culture and is prophetic because the reggae music that we love and that influenced us is from the ’70s with themes of what's happening now that can affect our future", according to the guitarist/bassist Omar Silva.[2] The band's first album, Canción de Alerta, was recorded in the Tuff Gong studios at Jamaica with Bob Marley's sound engineer. The album was a critical and commercial success with several singles being played on radio.

For their second album, Ideas Nuevas, released in 2000, they started fusing reggae with other rhythms like bossa nova and jazz. In 2004, Cultura Profetica began to focus on the international stage, eventually moving temporally to Mexico.[3] Their fourth studio album, M.O.T.A., was released in 2005 after a tour through that country. On July 1, 2008, the band performed in an event titled "San Juan Nights" produced by a radio station and organized in San Juan, Puerto Rico.[3] Following this event the band planned to continue their international tour. A DVD covering their performance at Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum was released in late summer.[3]


Banda Sonora Del Klan Profetico

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Tribute Albums[edit]

Band members[edit]

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Cultura Profética in Cancun
Willberto "Willy" Rodriguez, the bands main vocalist and song-writer

Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Iván Gutiérres - piano, winds arrangement
  • Sergio Orellana- keyboards, organ
  • Melvin Villanueva - piano
  • Juan Costa - rhythm guitar
  • Raúl Gaztambide - organ
  • Eduardo Fernández - trombone
  • Javier Joglar - tenor saxophone, flute
  • Luis Rafael Torres - tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, flute
  • Juan José "Cheo" Quiñones - trumpet
  • María Soledad Gaztambide - vocals
  • Yarimir Cabán, better known professionally as Mima - vocals
  • Eduardo "Edo" Sanz - drums, percussion
  • Omar Cruz - percussion
  • Beto Torrens, Juansi - percussion
  • Bayrex Jimenez - piano


  1. ^ Darby, Heidi (2014) "Cultura Profética Are the Lords of Latin Reggae", OC Weekly, June 23, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014
  2. ^ Toruno, Catherine (November 21, 2013). "Cultura Profética brings positive vibrations". Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Amary Santiago Torres (July 1, 2008). "Su música cala hondo por sí sola" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. Retrieved July 1, 2008. [dead link]

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