La BOA is a 10 piece Afro-Colombian jazz group with heavy influences from the Antilles islands in the Caribbean.
Like the recent explosion in the British jazz scene being driven by artists like KOKOROKO, Ezra Collective and others, LA BOA are driving the bubbling Colombian jazz scene forwards.
Influenced by Colombian great Lucho Bermudez, La BOA fuse traditional Afro-Colombian Caribbean sounds with their original afro-beat rhythms, jazz and electronic sensibilities.
The group is made up of some of Colombia’s finest musicians and is spear-headed by bassist Daniel Michel who is originally from Mexico but for the last 7 years has been living in Colombia. As well as forming LA BOA, over his career Daniel has played bass on tour for Lee Scratch Perry and under the artist name Nairobi he has recorded an album with greats like Mad Professor and Sly & Robbie. As a musician with endless energy he also plays synths and bass for the cumbia influenced techno Colombian buzz group, El Leopardo.
All the members of the group have spent years studying and perfecting their craft. Percussionist David Cantoni spent 4 years in Cuba studying Afro-Cuban percussion. Diana Sanmiguel started studying traditional Colombian sounds Cumbia and Gaita 15 years ago with Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto (maestros of traditional Caribbean music in Colombia) and she is regularly called on to perform with them when they tour. Vocalist Pio Molina comes from a long line of family singers and has won multiple awards for best composer at the Ovejas Festival of Gaitas (a traditional Colombian wind instrument) and Tambores.