Monday May 02, 2016
from LA Weekly
Monsieur Perine’s Sound Is So Unique, People Don’t Realize They’re Colombian
By Eddie Cota
How did a Colombian, French-influenced, gypsy jazz band by the name of Monsieur Periné become one of the most exciting emerging artists in Latin music? At one point, even people in Colombia didn’t think they were from there.
Lead singer Catalina García was born and raised in Cali, Colombia, on the country’s Pacific coast. In the 1970s, Cali was known as the cinematic center of the country and even nicknamed “Caliwood,” until the collapse of the Colombian film industry during the drug wars of the ’80s. Now it’s better known for its salsa music scene.
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