With their roots in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 6-piece Melbourne-based band The New Monos combine inspiration from their South American heritage and diverse musical experience with the flavor of contemporary Buenos Aires, mixing Cumbia, Reggae, Folklore, Rock, Rumba, Hip-hop and Latin beats, all expressed with the passion of the Tango.
The New Monos
“For us, being a part of UpClose 2022 is an honour; sharing music with our local audience and coworkers is what we have missed the most last couple of years. In addition, this allows us to break the stereotypes about Latin people only playing Salsa. We have lived in Darebin for 10 years, and we are happy to see live music events, especially in the Preston Market. We felt so welcome in the Preston Market, a lot of people stopped to listen to the band and watch the performance, asking questions about where we are from and about the instruments. The songs we played were super relaxed, acoustic-style fitting the market creating a nice atmosphere for us to play comfortably and feel welcome.”
Mon 14 Mar 2022 - Fri 6 May 2022
The newest season of UpClose takes place in Darebin and features amazing local artists: Karina Lehman (Chile), Camille El Feghali (Lebanon), Sarita McHarg (India), and The New Monos (Argentina). Their music performances were filmed at Preston Market where aromas, languages, and cultures from all around the world meet. Harmonic Whale’s production team did a fantastic job capturing 2 songs per artist with a total of 8 music videos which will be released weekly from 16 March 2022 to celebrate Harmony Week. The Upclose program is an online live music video channel presenting intimate performances and interviews with culturally diverse Victorian singer-songwriters with the purpose of creating high-quality video content that supports the artist’s career.
Sun 7 May 2023
Proudly presented by ISU TAKI and MAV, MELBOURNE CUMBIA FEST 2023 DJs will revisit a diversity of cumbia subgenres, including the very roots of cumbia, the traditional Afro-Caribbean music, and subgenres such as psychedelic cumbia chicha, cumbia Chilombiana, cumbia villera, Chilean neocumbia or Mexican cumbias rebajadas.