Colombian roots music band Cimarron earned two nominations for 2019 Independent Music Awards that will be held June 22 in New York.
Cimarron’s song Zumbajam, released last November, was nominated for Best Instrumental Song and Best World Traditional Song, along with recent releases of artists such as Roberto Diana & Tri Nguyen (Italy-Vietnam), Roberto Tola (Italy), Roman Miroshnichenko (Ukraine), Milli Janatková (Prague) and Toronto Tabla Ensemble (Canada). "These two nominations lead us to once again represent Colombia in an important world music space and it reflects that our sound is at the same level of the world sound" said Ana Veydó, lead singer of Cimarrón.
In its 17th edition IMAs jury members will be 115 artists and industry leaders as Gloria Gaynor, Robert Smith, Tom Waits, Lee Ann Womack and Todd Rundgren. Director and harpist of Cimarron, Carlos "Cuco" Rojas, said that "it is very satisfying to be able to put Colombian traditional music in the ears of such important artists".
Cimarron won IMAs in 2012 for Best Latin Album with "¡Cimarron! Joropo Music From the Plains of Colombia", recorded for Smithsonian Folkways. That same year, the band earned another three nominations: Best Latin Song, Best Instrumental Song and Best Music Video.
In 2005 Cimarron was the first traditional Colombian band to be Grammy-nominated. The joropo music band will release their new album "Orinoco" next May 17. As a prelude, Cimarron will release on May 10 a new video filmed in Cerros de Mavecure, three monoliths hidden in Colombian jungle, by French filmmaker Jeremiah, who has directed other indie and world music bands as Tinariwen, The Do, Of Monsters and Men, Ballaké Sissoko and Sophie Hunger.
Cimarron's USA summer tour will bring joropo for the first time to folk festivals such as Lowell Folk Festival and American Folk Festival, as well as indie music venues in Washington, New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and other major cities on the East Coast.