Palenke Soultribe

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Palenke Soultribe
Also known as Palenke
Origin Colombia
Genres World, Electronica, Latin, Fusion, Pop
Years active 2005–Present[1]
Labels NatGeo Music / WC-Music
Associated acts Insectosound
Members Andres F Erazo “Popa”
Juan Diego Borda “Insectosound”

Palenke Soultribe is a live electronic music trio fusing electronic sounds with Afro-Colombian rhythms and melodies. Originally formed in Colombia, but now based in Los Angeles, Palenke Soultribe (a.k.a. PST) have claimed a spot in the Latin Alternative music world by putting on energetic shows, releasing musically interesting albums and remixes and always pushing the envelope visually and conceptually. The initial line up was formed by producer/bassist Juan Diego Borda and keyboardist/producer Andres "Popa" Erazo. Currently, PST continues to work as a collective, inviting guest producers, singers, songwriters and instrumentalists to their shows and to contribute on their albums.


The origins of the band go all the way back to 2001 when Erazo and Borda worked on demos through a project known as Polaina Dinamita. That experiment created an underground buzz in their hometown of Bogota, Colombia, pioneering the experimental fusion of electronica with Caribbean music. Late in 2006, after completing personal projects, the duo decided to reunite in Los Angeles and start producing music again. This time, they took on a new name, Palenke Soultribe, narrowing down their sources of music. This time around PST would be more focused on exploring Afro–Colombian rhythms rather than incorporating all Latin-American music.

The Band’s Name[edit]

Although Palenque is also the name given to a Maya city in southern Mexico that flourished in the 7th century, Palenke Soultribe actually derives their name from the village of San Basilio de Palenque, a village inhabited by escaped slaves as a refuge in the 17th century.[2] The word ‘palenque’ actually means “walled city”. Of the many palenques of escaped slaves that existed previously, San Basilio is the only one that survives. These refugees were able to bring their culture, music and traditions to the small villages they formed in the jungle. The palenques are considered by many as the first free territory on the continent. As for the origins of 'Soultribe', Borda elaborates that "we just feel like we are a collective of musicians based on the soul, wanting to do great art".

Recordings, Releases and Media Attention[edit]

Samba of the World[edit]

In 2014, Palenke Soultribe collaborated with COPILOT Music and Sound on a cover of Carlinhos Brown's "Maria Caipirnha (Samba da Bahia)”. The arrangement represented the musical instrumentation and styles of Colombia for Visa's "Samba of the World", a digital campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Te Veo Video (2010)[edit]

Following the release of Oro, Palenke teamed up with Miguel Navarro to film the video for their single Te Veo, on location in Bogota, Colombia. That collaboration ended up being one of the most watched videos on MTV3[3]

Oro (2009)[edit]

After a vibrant 2008, full of live shows in the USA, Palenke began work on their first professionally recorded album. Oro was the first of a planned trilogy, and featured eight songs and collaborations courtesy of top artists, including Cesar Pliego (of Grammy Award nominated band Kinky (band)), Grammy Award Winner Sr. Mendez, Miami's own Latin Grammy Award nominated band Locos Por Juana, Mr. Vallentao and Elastic Bond. Oro was mixed by Mark Needham who had previously worked with The Killers, Cake, Bloc Party, and Fleetwood Mac among others. Critics and fans received Oro positively, and it was considered their breakthrough album, receiving reviews by KCRW 89.9 and Billboard Magazine.[4] Additionally, it was nominated once again by the Independent Music Awards.[5]

It was also during this year, that prominent Los Angeles radio station KCRW, selected one song off the album, "No Voy a Morir" as Today's Top Tune.[6]

Tropic and Heaven (2007)[edit]

Tropic and Heaven was a continuous mix CD with 10 tracks combining Colombian rhythms with electro break beats and house. Although produced in a home studio, this album was well received by critics and fans.[7] As a result, PST won the Independent Music Award in the Dance/Electronica category.

Folkloric Dekonstruktion (2005)[edit]

This first work was a vinyl EP consisting of four dance songs featuring live accordion and Colombian percussion. The record was distributed independently by WC-Music and created a small buzz within the LA DJ scene. That EP gave Palenke the motivation to create their first full-length album.

Notable Performances[edit]





Palenque vs. Palenke[edit]

PST has completed their latest album, ‘Palenque vs. Palenke’, to be released on Nat Geo Music. For their latest project at the time of 2012, they have revisited timeless Afro-Colombian classics from the masters of San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia. Using the original session recordings from legends like Petrona Martinez (Grammy Award Nominee), Batata (Tambor Legend), Son Palenque and Sexteto Tabala, PST are re-interpreting these sounds for a new generation of listeners.


Main source:[15][16]

Singles & EPs[edit]

  • Folkloric dekonstruction (2005)
  • Tropico & Cielo Remixes (2007)
  • Tropico & Cielo Remixes II (2008)
  • Tropico & Cielo Remixes III (2008)
  • Wepalenke (2010)
  • ORO REMIXES (2010)
  • VERSUS (2014)


  • TROPIC N' HEAVEN (2007)
  • ORO (2009)
  • MAR (2013)
  • SANGRE (2015)


  1. ^ "Bio Palenke Soultribe". 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Colombia Dispatch 4: Palenque: An Afro-Colombian Community" by Kenneth Fletcher. October 29, 2008.
  3. ^ MTV3. "Palenke Soultribe - Te Veo. September 6, 2010.
  4. ^ "Palenke Soultribe, Oro." by Ayala Ben-Yehuda. August 11, 2009.
  5. ^ Independent Music Awards. "Palenke Soultribe: 9th IMA Dance/Electronica Album Nominee". Retrieved on April 21, 2011.
  6. ^ KCRW. "Palenke Soultribe: No Voy a Morir." June 30, 2009.
  7. ^ Fly Global Music. "Out of Colombia, LA’s Palenke Soultribe blend traditional music with electronic beats to match the tropics and heaven" by Gerry Hectic. June 23, 2007.
  8. ^ "The Pachanga Files: Rockanroleando In Austin". 22 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  9. ^ Soul of Miami. "WMC 2010: Palenke Soultribe, Live at Bardot This Thursday." March 23, 2010.
  10. ^ "Palenke Soultribe Interview: SXSW 2010." by Kelly Kettering. March 2, 2010.
  11. ^ Miami New Times. "WMC 2010: Palenke Soultribe, Live at Bardot This Thursday." March 23, 2010.
  12. ^ Miami New Times. "WMC 2010 Thursday Night Recap: Afro Kumbe at Transit and Palenke Soultribe at Bardot, Last Night". By Christopher Lopez. March 26, 2010.
  13. ^ Bogotá "The Alternative Stereo Picnic Festival Arrives to Bogota." April 23, 2010.
  14. ^ Sunset Junction Street Festival Lineup]. August 21, 2010.
  15. ^ "Discography/Buy Palenke Soultribe". 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "Palenke SoulTribe Discography at Discogs". Discogs. 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 

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