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Red Bull Music Academy: On the Floor! - Live at Traffic, La Paz, Bolivia
Red Bull Music Academy - Thu Mar 22, 2012
Un Argentino en Red Bull Academy Bolivia
Red Bull - Fri Mar 09, 2012
Gaby Kerpel Beats to a Different Drum
The Real Argentina - Tue Dec 20, 2011
CLASSIC, YET MODERN: ZZK RECORDS AND DIGITAL CUMBIA
Sounds and Colours (UK) - Mon Dec 05, 2011
El multifacético e inquieto Gaby Kerpel
Clarín - Fri Jul 22, 2011
Tecnofolk: música de raíz y nuevas tecnologías
La Nacion - Fri Jul 22, 2011
Las 100 Bandas que hay que escuchar antes de envejecer
Suplemento No - Pagina/12 - Fri Mar 11, 2011
Domus Mixtape #3: the sound of Buenos Aires - MP3 - ZZK Records
The Fader (USA) - Wed Mar 09, 2011
Domus Mixtape #3: the sound of Buenos Aires - ZZK Records
Domus (Italia) - Wed Mar 09, 2011
Border Crossing - ZZK Records Brings "Digital Cumbia" Out of Argentina
Billboard - Fri Aug 20, 2010
Chancha Via Circuito, Tremor & DJ Nim - excess interview material for your consumption...
Stinkinc - Tue Aug 10, 2010
El Planeta ZIZEK se Expande por la Galaxia
Suplemento NO - Pagina/12 - Thu Aug 05, 2010
The Lazy One
Truants Blog - Mon Jul 26, 2010
ZZK Records en La Videoteca del S!
Suplemento S! - Clarín (ARG) - Mon Jul 26, 2010
Argentinean label ZZK to bring its ‘Cumbia Digital’ sound to Detroit
The South End - Sun Jul 18, 2010
DJ's Mix It Up to Celebrate South African Football
Billboard.com (USA) - Wed Jun 09, 2010
Gaby Kerpel "Me gusta el ritual del baile colectivo"
Fuera de Hora - Fri Apr 16, 2010
The Top 10 ZZK Artists to watch out for in 2010
Black Book (USA) - Fri Feb 19, 2010
King Coya - Cumbias de Villa Donde
XLR8R (USA) - Mon Dec 28, 2009
ZZK Records: El Templo de la Nu-Cumbia
Rocket Magazine (Mexico) - Mon Nov 23, 2009
Argentina's new dance music goes global
CNN (USA) - Thu Nov 05, 2009
Free King Coya Mix! Exclusives!
The Fader - Wed Oct 07, 2009
King Coya - Afropop Interviews LAMC 2009 Artists
Afropop World Wide - Fri Aug 14, 2009
Party Out of Bounds: Zizek
XLR8R (USA) - Thu Jul 09, 2009
¿Qué es la Cumbia Digital?
Clarín Espectaculos (ARG) - Tue Jul 07, 2009
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King Coya
King Coya
King Coya
Cumbias De Villa Donde

King Coya, from the Northern Argentine Andes, is the digitalized, imaginary version of Gaby Kerpel, who blends traditional Colombian cumbia and Argentine folklore with electronic music.

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Gaby Kerpel is a renowned Argentine composer whose credits include the score to De La Guarda and Fuerza Bruta and a soundtrack on Island Records of the same. His anticipated release, Cumbias de Villa Donde, on ZZK Records is a collection of original down-tempo, electro folklorica that bridges indigenous music out of South America with global dance. Through King Coya, Gaby Kerpel reinterprets classic Colombian and Peruvian cumbias in the Zizek sound. The album includes guest appearances from Grammy-nominated Petrona Martinez and the renowned Cucu Diamantes. It’s the kind of record that rede nes world music, allowing the listener a personal stake in audio globe trotting: King Coya’s music is both accessible and timeless, taking you home to the Andes mountains and beyond.

King Coya tracks came out of live sets at Zizek Club, performing in front of dancing crowds in Buenos Aires. With Cumbias de Villa Donde, his vision of cumbia and electro folklorica is an original take on the genres, in the Zizek spirit, where world music hits the global dance scene. Rich, layered compositions blend new world with old, the East and the West, in an exercise in digital cross-global pollination that has made the Zizek sound famous.

Coya is a term used in Northern Argentina, referring to a local in a yarn cap, reserved in nature and small in stature, playing an instrument like the charango; the mini guitar used in Argentine folk music. Gaby, through King Coya, has made himself into the purveyor of laid-back, electro-folk infused with cumbia, hip hop, and reggae, enriched by voices from diverse global regions, while maintaining the avor of South America. King Coya’s ZZK Records release takes the traditional sound of the Andes and gives it space to reach into new realms and take risks. The result is songs like "El Hueso + Niño que llora en los montes de Maria", where soulful Petrona Martinez gets reinvented for a multitude of whirling dancers. Some celebrated artists included on the album are Axel Krygier, La Yegros and Gato Muñoz. King Coya also reinvents Lulacruza, Los Tucanes de Tijuana and Tremor in his signature style.

About the Artist

Gaby Kerpel has a long relationship with alternative folklorica, having brought the genre to the theater rst with the De La Guarda production and later with FuerzaBruta. His music has graced stages in Buenos Aires, New York, London, Las Vegas, Mexico City, Montreal, Belgrade, Zurich, Tokyo, Berlin, Amsterdam, Seoul, Sydney, Milan, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Tel Aviv, Lisbon, Valencia, Madrid, Istanbul, Monterrey and Bogotá. He partnered with British producer Howie B on the second De La Guarda record, released in 2001, and in 2003 he released a solo album, Carnabailito, on Nonesuch Records in Argentina. Carnabailito took him to Los Angeles and then to New York where he worked on the live show before returning to BA to work on Fuerza Bruta in 2005.

In 2007 he redesigned his live performance by taking on King Coya at Zizek Club in Buenos Aires. Shortly after, he performed in New York on the Zizek Collective SXSW tour that debuted the Zizek sound internationally, along with label mates El Trip Selector, Tremor and El Remolón in an electro-folklorica sound system.

King Coya came out of a desire to play a live show that could be exible, mobile, and back to basics. As a composer, Gaby Kerpel is at present collaborating with Oscar-winner Gustavo Santaoalla. As King Coya, he’s plotting a course with a fresh sound, both on stage and on record, and growing it into his own for 2009.



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