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Novalima creates futuristic and cutting-edge sounds from the lands of Afro-Peruvian traditions with electro and urban sounds bringing minds and souls into a dancing trance.

Started by four friends from Lima with a shared passion for traditional Afro-Peruvian music and global DJ culture, Novalima stands in the common ground bridging past and future, uniting tradition and innovation

From their humble start, file-sharing musical ideas and producing their first album in separate countries at the dawn of the internet, Novalima is now a live musical force revered worldwide for breaking boundaries and uniting seemingly irreconcilable genres, communities, and generations.

They have created an inspiring movement and revolutionized the music scene in their native Peru by bridging a longstanding divide between the mainstream and the minority Afro-Peruvian community, who have struggled against discrimination and cultural dissolution for generations.

During their career, Novalima has garnered worldwide critical acclaim from mainstream (NPR, UK Guardian, Wall Street Journal, La Presse, Metro, Billboard), delivered legendary performances around the world at festivals such as Roskilde, WOMAD, NYC Central Park, Montreal Jazz Festival and Chicago’s Millennium Park, earned a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album, and were featured in cult filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s hit Mexploitation movie Machete.

While their sound is futuristic and cutting-edge, the roots of Novalima’s music reach back hundreds of years. In a far-too familiar tale, African slaves were brought to Peru as early as the 1500s until the middle of the 19th Century, establishing an outpost of the African-Diaspora on the Pacific coast of South America. Over the years, the soul and rhythms of Africa melded with the melodies and instruments of Europe and the Andes. The result is rich musical repertoire that existed for generations on the periphery of Peruvian popular culture.

The reception to the album exceeded their wildest expectations, eventually reaching platinum sales status in Peru, and for their next album they invited more Afro-Peruvian musicians to join their recording sessions.

For their next album, they invited more Afro-Peruvian musicians to join their project showcasing the melting pot of Novalima.



« Novalima has more than succeeded in bringing the spirit and soul of Peruvian blues into the 21st century»
London Metro Evening

« A pioneering cocktail of traditional music, electro beats, hip hop, dub, cumbia or salsa, all drenched in a saving groove. »

« Groovy, funky, breathless and throbbing (...) they have established themselves as the spearhead of the Afro-Peruvian urban scene, combining percussion and electro sounds. »



New album "La Danza" release 2024 (Six Degrees Records)

ON TOUR 2024-2025

8 musicians suon stage (9 on the road)