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Bomba Estereo's fiery message of unity comes to Miami Beach

Bomba Estereo's fiery message of unity comes to Miami Beach

Colombia’s rich history of carnivals featuring wall-to-wall music isn’t lost on Bomba Estereo, a duo that has become a festival favorite around the world. Last year, the band was hand-picked by Arcade Fire to open its tours on two continents in part because the Montreal band knew Bomba could move a big crowd.

Arcade Fire singer Win Butler walked into a Bomba Estereo concert six years ago at the citywide Pop Montreal festival, and “the band just blew me away,” he says in a recent documentary of the bands’ shared tour. “It’s very rare that I walk into a show and I don’t know the band and leave being completely into it.”

The memory stuck with Butler. Bomba Estereo founder Simon...

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