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Tierra De King Coya

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Tierra De King Coya
Tierra De King Coya


The latest sonic adventure by King Coya, danceable alter ego of Gaby Kerpel (De La Guarda, Fuerza Bruta) a pioneer of Latin American folklore fused with electronic music called "Tierra de King Coya" (Land of King Coya) where rhythms such as the wayno and instruments from the Andes like the ronroco and tarka, are digitally intertwined with the ritual of dance and celebration.

Like a sorcerer from the future, King Coya creates a map of sound exploration navigating the continent through his digital point of view. For this project he incorporates his own voice and also plays a smattering of live instruments.

Since his debut as King Coya with "Cumbias de Villa Donde" (2009) Gaby has produced remixes for artists such as Amadou & Mariam, Brazilian Girls, Julieta Venegas, Luzmila Carpio, Chancha Via Circuito, Tom Tom Club, Petrona Martinez and Magin Díaz amongst others. As well as forming part of the band Terraplén (2010) produced by Santaolalla and the album "Tira Torito" along the coplera Balvina Ramos.

The journey through the "Land of King Coya" begins with "Te Digo Wayno" a powerful track that highlights the joy of dance, and makes a poetic introduction of the Queen Cholas, a dance trio that performs with him during live shows. A true ceremony of celebration that integrates the audience into a singular immersive experience.

The album features diverse guest singers such as: La Yegros - musical companion from his first shows at Zizek Club and for whom he has produced 3 albums. On the first single "Algo" (Something) a sort of kuduro mutates into and Andean dub. For the song "Tierra de King Coya" a combination of Colombian buyerengue and Argentine carnavalito we find La Walichera's enchanting voice. Balvina Ramos collaborates on "Pa que yo Te Cure" a remix of the song "Linda Flor" (Tira Torito - 2012). Iara Nara - one of the Queen Cholas - jumps in on the track "Pachamá" with airs of a coplera singer over dancehall beats, reinforcing the main objective of bringing folklore to the dancefloor.

"Como Saber" (How to know) and "Dorremi" invoke his foundational album "Carnavalito", (Nonesuch Records 2001) instilling a particular energy to this album that aims to represent the journey in which Gaby Kerpel ultimately becomes King Coya. The end of this road comes with "Icaro Llama Planta" alongside Isabel Pinedo Rengifo's mystical voice, a healer from the Shipibo community (Peru), whos shamanic chants invite the listener to reconnect with the earth and give closure to this festive ceremony.


  1. Name
  2. Te Digo Wayno
  3. E-Chango
  4. Algo (ft. La Yegros)
  5. Como Saber
  6. Pachama (feat Iara Nardi)
  7. Pa Que Yo Te Cure (Feat Balvina Ramos Y Queen Cholas)
  8. Tierra De King Coya (Feat La Walichera)
  9. Dorremi
  10. Icaro Llama Planta (Feat Isabel Pinedo Rengifo)
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