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. The founders of Novalima, Ramón Pérez-Prieto, Grimaldo Del Solar, Rafael Morales, and Carlos Li Carrillo, became friends and started playing together in Lima during their high school years, and were a pivotal part of the 80s underground hardcore punk and the 90s psychedelic/acid-rock scenes. While they listened to traditional Peruvian folk music regularly in family reunions and in the street, they relentlessly explored new sounds in Rock, Dub Reggae, Latin and Electronic Music, which became grounds for their own discovery.
Taking a year off from touring during 2017, Novalima went back in the studio to explore and experiment with new sounds from Peru. This time around, the influences came not only from its African heritage but also from the exploration of ancient sounds, languages and instruments from the Andes and the Amazon. On this album called Ch’usay (Voyage in Quechua, the native language of the Inkas) released in September 2018, Novalima goes one step further to enrich their sound by collaborating with new generations of local artists from the Peruvian music scene. This year, Novalima celebrates their 20th anniversary with the release of La Danza on San Francisco’s Six Degrees Records, where they go one step further by exploring the new generation of artists around the world who reinterpret their African heritage.