Later in 2009, the duo was joined by drummer percussionist Andres Zuluaga to complete the current lineup. However, PST prefers to work as collective, inviting guest producers, singers, songwriters and instrumentalists to their shows and to contribute on their albums. ===Origins=== 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 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.  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". ===Past Recordings, Releases and Media Attention=== -- Folkloric Deconstruktion (2005)-- 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. --Tropic and Heaven (2007)-- 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. As a result, PST won the Independent Music Award in the Dance/Electronica category. --Oro (2009)-- 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 ), 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. Additionally, it was nominated once again by the Independent Music Awards. 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. ===Live Shows=== --2010-- - The band received a big boost in visibility by performing that year at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, United States.
Prior to the show, band member Borda was interviewed by spinner.com. - Performed on Los Premios Shock (Shock Awards), alongside fellow Colombian bands Superlitio and Locos Por Juana. - Sunset Junction Street Festival ===Present=== Currently PST are completing a new compilation, tentatively titled ‘Palenque vs. Palenke’. For their latest project, 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. ===Discography=== - Folkloric De/konstruction (CD y Vinyl).
EP (2005) - Melodie Lounge. Compilation (2005) - Tropic N Heaven. Album (2007) - Tropico y Cielo. Remixes (2008) - Oro.
Album (2009) - Wepalenke. EP (2010) ===Links=== Official site: http://www.palenkesoultribe.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/palenke Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/palenkesoultribefanpage Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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