Artwork by Hanna Ramirez @hanna.rg
Library of Congress 2019 Homegrown Archive Challenge
Kumera was chosen to part of the Archive Challenge at the Library of Congress in 2019. Artists from the local DC community were invited to do an eight-month research project in the Archive of Folk Culture at the library. Their collection of folk music dates back to the early 20th century. The challenge was that artists would find three to four pieces to cover and re-arrange. Kumera chose songs from Colombia, Panama, Burkina Faso, and Ethiopia that he felt illustrated the musical connection between these disparate regions.
M&M Music on Takoma Radio (October 2019)
Kumera and Bogota based musician, film-maker and activist Leonardo Rua went on the show M&M music at Takoma Radio to discuss the similarities between Colombian musica del Pacifico and Ethiopian music. Highlighting 6/8 rhythms and pentatonic melodies common to both forms of music; with a focus on music from the Sahel as a connecting point