Tekumbé’s music is a fusion between Vallenato, Salsa, Cumbia, and Gaita, with elements of blues, rock and reggae. Tekumbé was created in Norman, Oklahoma, in April of 2009. Tekumbé’s band members come from very different backgrounds and different countries. Franz Mutis (accordion and gaita) and Camilo Mutis (lead voice and minor percussion) are both from Colombia. Andrés Lucas, the lead guitarist, is from Venezuela. Josué Chavez, the bass guitarist, is from the USA. Paulo Valles, the drummer, is from Mexico.
Tekumbé released their first album, entitled “Sabor a Guayaba”, in November of 2009. In their songs, the band protests against violent conflict in Colombia, the trafficking of drugs, the gap between social classes, and kidnapping. Tekumbé also performs folkloric music such as Vallenato, Cumbia, Porro, Gaita, Bullerengue, and Merengue. The band tries to recover valuable pieces of Colombian folklore that have been forgotten over the years by spicing them up with new sounds and a fresher look to share with audiences of Latin America, USA, and the world.
Tekumbé performs most of the time in the southern U.S. (Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Kansas). Tekumbé has performed in arena shows, university auditoriums, concert halls, outdoor music and art festivals, and Latin clubs among other venues.