SOUKUSTEK is a Toronto based band that that was born in the gaze of the Caribbean sea surrounding the coastal city of Cartagena, Colombia. It's a combination of life experiences, dreams and joys that have fed off of our direct connection to africa.
This project started in 2010 when Cartagenero guitarist and producer "Tury Morey" and master guitarist, ClaroTorres from Baru Island in Colombia, decided to join forces to form a band to recreate those sounds that arrived from Africa in the seventies. In late 2011, Tury Morey returned to his native Cartagena with the commitment to resume his life project recreating the sounds of the old "Pico." He proceeded to make it a reality.
SOUKUSTEK combines the rhythms and the sounds of guitars that arrived from Africa in the Seventies and seamlessly blends them with the flavor of the colombian caribbean. SOUKUSTEK is dance, joy and history: it is Afro Colombia, it is the music of the Picó Culture ( Colombia's Caribbean Sound systems) Live on Stage.
"When we were kids, on weekends, we'd fall asleep and awaken the next morning to the same thunderous beat and those African guitar melodies blasted out by powerful sound systems called ¨Picos¨ or Pickups¨. So were the african rhythms that influenced the music and culture that promote and preserve our band.