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Published on April 22nd, 2016 | by admin


Sonámbulo Psicotropical, a fevered fusion of latin rhythms

By Gabriela Díaz Musmanni

There is an untranslatable verb in Costa Rican slang that denotes enjoyment while listening to great music. The word is matizar, and anybody who has been to a Sonámbulo concert has experienced

Sonámbulo (“sleepwalker”) was formed 10 years ago and since then, the band has revolutionized the Tico music scene with its “psychotropic” fusion of Latin, African and American rhythms and provocative lyrics that speak to the youthful souls that gather to sweat and sway ecstatically before the 11-member band. Apart from Costa Rica, Sonámbulo’s members hail from Cuba, Colombia, and El Salvador.

“This year, 2016, is a very special one for Sonámbulo,” said Tito Fuentes, Sonámublo’s bassist. “We are preparing several events … we are also in the process of composing new music, so our energies are peaking.”


Sonámbulo has released two albums: the first, A puro peluche, in 2009, and most recently, Psicosonorama in 2014. The band plays continuously at different venues throughout San José and
the country and has toured through Europe and the United States. “Our music has always had
its starting point in the exploration of trance … A vision of the world from the tropics,” Fuentes said.

“A trance that seeks to explore in each person feelings of energetic charges. It’s music for letting go and exploring.”

For more information and to sample some of Sonámbulo’s hits, visit or the Facebook page Sonámbulo Psicotropical.

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