Son Rompe Pera: Tiny Desk Concert (home)


For the second year in a row, NPR has partnered with globalFEST in January 2021 for an exciting online music festival we call Small office meets globalFEST: three nights, nine bands and a world of musical traditions hosted by African pop star Angélique Kidjo. Now we are releasing all of our festival sets as individual Tiny Desk (home) gigs.

Born and raised in the deep outskirts of Mexico City, the three Gama brothers carry on the rich heritage of marimba music that runs through their family. Originally performing alongside their father at local events as children, they now find themselves at the forefront of the contemporary international cumbia scene with their sonic explorations of the classic marimba.

From Salón Los Ángeles in Mexico City, this quintet drives listeners to their feet with their unique style of garage-marimba-cumbia rock, played on the historic marimba like no one has ever heard or seen before. –globalFEST staff


  • “The Arenal Turtle”
  • “Cumbia Pa’ Tu Madre”
  • “Proteus”
  • “Ai David!”
  • “Los Chucos Suaves”


  • Mongo: marimba, vocals
  • Kacho: marimba, vocals
  • Kilo: marimba, vocals
  • Ritchie: drums
  • Raul: bass, vocals
  • Gil Gutierrez: guest performer, guitar
  • Macha: guest performer, vocals


  • Producer: Timothy Bisig, Nicolas Segovia Becerril
  • Audio: Oscar Garcia, Eduardo Morales, Pablo Garcia Aguilar
  • Video: Abraham Damian Estrada Cruz, Pablo Cavia
  • Special Thanks: Miguel Nieto, Salón Los Ángeles Staff

Small office meets globalFEST

Small office team

Producer: Bob Boilen

Video producer: Maia Stern

Audio mixing: Josh Rogosin

Small production team: Bobby Carter, Kara Frame, Joshua Bryant, Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins

Senior Vice President, Programming: Anya Grundmann

globalFEST Art Team

Co-directors: Shanta Thake, Isabel Soffer, Bill Bragin

Curators 2022: Shanta Thake, Isabel Soffer, Bill Bragin, Gabrielle Davenport

globalFEST Production Team

Event Producer: Ian Thake

Producer: THE OFFICE live performance + film*

Video producer: Karim Tabbaa

Special thanks

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, JanArtsNYC, Valerie French (social media), Yuri Kwon of Pitch Perfect PR (advertising), Tamizdat (legal services ) and Duane Morris (legal services)

*THE OFFICE performing arts + film consists of Rachel Chanoff, Laurie Cearley, Olli Chanoff, Erica Zielinski, Nadine Goellner, Lynn Koek, Noah Bashevkin, Catherine DeGennaro, Gabrielle Davenport, Chloe Golding, Kyla Gardner, Tess Peppis, Zion Jackson , Scout Eisenberg and Jose Alvarado

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