La Yegros is a singer from Buenos Aires, but her family hails from the tropical climates found in the rural rain forests of the north of Argentina, bordering Brazil. Her music is an explosive combination of the urban and the folkloric: chamamé dub, mixed with funky coplas and cumbia raps that have international audiences dancing.
Frenetic rhythms and accordion mix with electronic beats to define the new sound of cumbia: a rhythm originally born in Colombia but that has since trickled down throughout Latin America and then crossed over to European audiences. With a raw voice reminiscent of indigenous amazonian chants, and a relaxed flow of a chic rapper, La Yegros has transformed into the queen of the scene. Her first album, Viene de Mi, has a variety of influences that combine tropical music, folklore, reggae, dancehall and arabic music.
Her music has grabbed the attention of NPR and The Fader in the US, and Warner/Parlophone in France signed her first album Viene de Mi in 2013. Pushing a local yet global sound, La Yegros has the crowds dancing from the first song to the last in her live shows. As “The First Lady of Nu Cumbia”, she and her band have toured the globe to nearly 20 countries in the past three years, including Mawazine in Morocco to Sziget in Hungary to Transmusicales de Rennes in France to Carnaval Bahidora in Mexico, bringing her contagious groove to conquer audiences worldwide.
Her professional singing debut was with the Argentine experimental theater production of De La Guarda in front of 15,000 people. Her solo project is produced by Gaby Kerpel, aka King Coya, one of Argentina’s most prized composers who is the composer behind De La Guarda and Fuerza Bruta. Yegros and Kerpel also both participated in electro-folk supergroup Terraplén, produced by two-time Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla.
La Yegros currently lives in Montpellier, France, and is about to release her second album, Magnetismo, released on March 11th, 2016 by Soundway Records/Waxploitation. Magnetismo has a variety of exciting international collaborations including Sabina Scuba of Brazilian Girls (Italy/France), Olivier Araste from Lindigo (Réunion), Puerto Candelaria (Colombia) and Gustavo Santaolalla (Argentina).