La-33 is a salsa band inspired by New York’s format of the 70’s, today one of the most renowned Colombian groups, extroverted and cheerful with more than 1,500 presentations in different cities and countries throughout Europe, Central America, North America, far East, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. With original lyrics, arrangements and young and fresh sound that has become a symbol of the current Bogotá salsa.
La-33 begins as a friend´s dream, who wanted to make music: during 2001, these friends gathered to try out in the Mejía´s house, a big and antique building placed in Teusaquillo Bogota neighborhood in the 33st street. Curious, who answered the call came over from other genres besides salsa, their influence becomes from other rhythms as rock, ska, jazz and reggae. These musical mix has been since these early years the band self-scene, inspired by the 70´s New York sound, with rude and dirty sounds direct from the streets that create a Caribbean soul melody, keeping the classic drums formation of the genre.
They achieved to be summoned in traditional bars in Bogotá, as “Quiebracanto” y little music festivals where La-33 played salsa classics y some own compositions, as “la Pantera Mambo”: a renewed version of the mitic Henry Mancini´s theme. This song will change in an ultimate way the band forms an spirit.
In 2004, La-33 recorded “La-33”: her prime opera, in which the band enters in the Colombia music scenario to never gets out ever with songs as “Soledad”, “La Pantera Mambo”, and “Que Rico Boogaloo!”. Quick the band understood that the music entertainment business would not define their music: so the band looks for be a musical movement that reflects each one member of the band personal transitions, their inner struggles, love, and lack of it, and the deep will to live and dance.