Novalima: Planetario

One of the things we take great pride here in the KCRW Music Department is having introduced a lot of our listenership to captivating music from around the globe. From Tom Schnabel’s role as one of the definers of the World Beat genre, to Raul Campos’ frequent hosting of the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC), to various other of our DJs remixing tracks from artists based around the globe, KCRW’s staff has taken a particular fancy to sounds that come from well beyond just our own backyard, rich as it is. And one of our favorite finds over the past decade is the Afro-Peruvian electronic-tinged project, Novalima, who return this month with their fifth original album, appropriately named Planetario. One song that we were privileged to premiere on our music blog earlier this spring, “Santero,” is a perfect sample of what they do so well: combine classic tradition sounds from around the world (in this case armed with a particular Colombian vibe) with the production tricks of the modern DJ culture. But the new album, recorded over the course of the past two years, is rich with tracks that give an audio glimpse at the wide scope of global sounds in today’s music scene.

-Eric J. Lawrence


  1. Como Yo
  2. Bete Kele (Nosotros Somos)
  3. Santero
  4. Tinkalamina
  5. Memekume
  6. Mi Canto
  7. San Antonio
  8. Madretierra
  9. Copa de Mañana
  10. Hoy Día
  11. Quebranto