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La Descarga




Mixed Band

Drums, percussion, wind, woodwind, brass, strings, vocals

Region/Geographical Influences:

Latin American



Tropical Colombian and Fusion

The brief:

A fearless outburst of tropicality that tickles your brain on the dance spot!

Band Members

Jorge Leiva, Oscar Vargas, Kathleen Gonzalez, Camila Gonzalez, Andres Carreno, Dairana Moreno, Maria Paula Espinosa, Mat Robb, Lauren Mullarvey, Anthony Tropea

All about the artist/s

La Descarga is the forerunner of Colombian tropical roots music in Australia. Born in 2010 in Melbourne, Australia, as a tribute to the folkloric rhythms of the coasts of Colombia and as a preserver of its cultural heritage, it has evolved through diverse musical and cultural collaborations into an innovative Latin-Australian band where folklore mixes with contemporary Aussie stamps. La Descarga’s shows combine colour, upbeat tropical rhythms, psychedelic sounds and a deep tradition that brings a feast to ears, eyes and soul.
Across its history, La Descarga has performed in many of Australia’s most beloved festivals including MOOMBA, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Darwin Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, Australian Multicultural Festival, White Night Melbourne, Fringe Festival, Reservoir Stomp, Waterfront Festival and Darebin Music Feast. La Descarga has released several singles including 'Eliminala', 'Alla en el rio' and 'Chande Gozoso' and will release their long-awaited debut album in 2024.
La Descarga is flexible to multiple music scenes and different types of audiences engage with its sound. Its interaction is malleable (traditional ensemble, orchestral ensemble, roving, stage) and expands to educational arenas offering Spanish language, music and dance workshops at schools (for example Wonthaggi Primary School, Newlands Primary School) and festivals ( Darwin Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival).

Artist's Events

Event Name
Event Date
Start Time
Ticket Price
Online/In person
Main Genre
The Golden Age of Cumbia
Magical Musical Realism with La Descarga
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