Inside Amplifest: HHY & the Macumbas

Macumba is a “Portuguesish” word coming from African superstition. It is said one casts a macumba on someone, the same way you put a malignant spell. We can not assure there’s no malice in tribal electronic drones, groovie dubs and outer world cumbias, but we can sure as hell guarantee you the way HHY & the Macumbas music works in human behavior is extreme. You’ll either doze off in out of body experience, getting in touch with you other selves, or you might as well lose control of you legs and start a cathartic dance off. Depending on your faith, they will either damn you for eternity or take some weight off your shoulders. The constant in this equation is obvious, though: HHY will haunt your dreams and the Macumbas will make you enjoy some cool nightmares.

We sent the usual questions to Jonathan Saldanha, aka HHY and the noise-droner for HHY & the Macumbas. You should check the rest of his résumé HERE, though. It is bigger than what you might expect:

What do you expect of the Amplifest audience?

Dedication to the sound that serves the vibration of the flesh.

We like surprises, but what can we expect from your show?

A crystal like static-state with a veil of choice, unfolding doubles and directions.

Which band do you really want to see at Amplifest?

All of them.

If you had to pick a band or a musician of this Amplifest edition to play with who would it be?

All of them at the same time playing during four days in continuous.

What records have you been listening lately?

Specially our own album, were finishing it just now.

Enough about music, Amplifest is also about other arts. What books have you been reading and what movies have you been watching lately that you want to recommend?

Cantares Polifónicos do Baixo Minho, Ana Maria Azevedo
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper