Alerta nurtures reggae in Colombia

Alerta nurtures reggae in Colombia

When Javier Foncesca and Alex Bonilla left Jamaica on Friday afternoon, they took a route very familiar to the famed Jamaica ICIs.

They went to Panama.

They are the lead singer and manager, respectively, of pioneering Colombian reggae band Alerta ­ and they did not go home empty-handed. They carried along their second album, Somos Uno (which means ‘We Are One’), recorded in Colombia, but which they carried to Jamaica to mix in the middle of last year.

In this case, mixing meant more than getting the sound levels and balance correct. It meant that Foncesca’s Spanish vocals were paired with those of some Jamaican performers.

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