Peruvian club pioneers return to Oslo World
Dengue Dengue Dengue has performed at Oslo World once before, during a club night at Blå in 2014. At that time, we wanted to give the Oslo audience a taste of a new wave of electronic music from countries like Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia – music scenes that few people in this part of the world had much experience with. Since then, a lot has happened – local record labels and music scenes have made more connections between cultural heritage and electronic music, and an artist like Nicola Cruz, from Ecuador, has gotten a solid international breakthrough. The same can be said for Dengue Dengue Dengue.
The duo from Lima mixes dub, techno and cumbia with symbolism from Peruvian folklore and Inca mythology. Felipe Salmong and Rafael Pereira are both knowledgeable and mindful of their heritage. They perform in masks, and give their performances a mystique that extends beyond gimmickry. They tell a different story, without it ever becoming forced – it feels distinct, and engrossing. They also represent a wider trend where folk culture and cumbia is viewed through new lenses – both on their native scene and in neighbouring countries. It has made heads turn internationally – in a country like Peru, the electronica scene has followed in the footsteps of the cuisine, becoming a cultural export which expands people’s associations with the country.
In their own way, Dengue Dengue Dengue makes new use of the tropes connected with magical realism – they breathe life into the fantastical potential of a place like Peru, its history and its nature. In many ways, they are part of a global musical tendency that we at Oslo World are optimistic about. A tendency where local expressions and their distinctiveness are made universal. It seems that scenes that both look backwards towards traditional expressions and push forward, into places where these sounds get new meanings and uses, are becoming more central to the development of music. We believe this form of musical futurism will only grow in importance in the years to come. It has already gotten Dengue Dengue Dengue far. They have visited important club scenes all over the world. This summer, for instance, they will perform at Sonár, among many other places. And this fall, they will return to Oslo World.