If you haven’t heard the name Matamba yet, you soon will. Matamba is a Bolivian roots reggae and hard rock artist (he performs and creates music in both genres), who in the last few years has become a household name in Bolivia and will be the first Bolivian artist to “break” onto the international scene. Matamba has performed throughout South America, Central America, parts of Europe and will soon participate in the 9 Mile Music Festival in Miami, Florida, in March with big-name artists such as Julian Marley, DMX, Capleton, Sizzla, Rihanna, and others.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, before we get into what Matamba does, we need to get into who he is. Matamba is an Afro-Bolivian, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to an Argentine father and Afro-Peruvian mother, whose family later relocated to Santa Cruz, the second city and commercial center of Bolivia, where he grew up in the “hood” which shaped the man he is today. Matamba is not only a singer, but a musician, producer, lyricist, writer, and composer whose musical origins, like most artists in the African diaspora, started in the church where he met other people with a love and passion for music.