Universität Bielefeld

Los Negros Soundsystem

Los Negros Soundsystem consists of two protagonists of Berlin´s vibrating Afro-diasporic music scene: the Cuban trumpet player and composer Daniel Allen Oberto (aka El Congo) and the Colombian DJ Hebert Asprilla (aka DJ Bongo). In their music, they combine traditional Afro-Latin influences with urban-electronic elements, navigating at the intersections of Son, HipHop, Funk, Afrobeat, and Latin House, while at the same time preserving the origins and the power of each component. El Congo, trained at La Habana´s Instituto Superior de Arte, is a sought-after trumpet player who regularly shares stages and appears on releases with Soul star Aloe Blacc, Afrobeat veteran Tony Allen, Jimi Tenor, Patrice, Freundeskreis, and many others . When it comes to Latin music events in Berlin, DJ Bongo from Colombia´s Pacific Coast is the one to talk to. He is one of the founders of La Regla , Berlin´s first and most important regular Latino party which is still running every month, providing the local Latino diaspora with Salsa, Cumbia, and Boogaloo from the 1970s and heavy Afro-Latin barrio sounds of the 21st century.