Jaime Andres Salazar was born in Bogota in 1984. At 14 he joined the Symphony Youth Orchestra of Colombia and at 16 began his university studies at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in classical saxophone. In 2002 he continued his classical saxophone studies in France at the Conservatory of Lyon where he was awarded a diploma of musical studies (DEM). At the same time he became interested in traditional Colombian and South-American music and set up a jazz and salsa orchestra which draws its material from the encounter between traditional Afro-Carribean music and the contemporary sounds of New York latin jazz. In 2008 Jaime obtained the French state diploma (DE) in contemporary saxophone and traditional music and enrolled in a university course at the Université Lumière Lyon 2 : a degree in anthropology and a Master in musicology. In Paris he obtained a Master in social anthropology. Jaime Salazar is finishing a doctorate at the EHESS as well as the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. As an anthropologist he has carried out missions for the Fondation Royaumont with the Aka Balkan Moon project led by saxophonist Fabrizio Cassol and Akamoon. He has been invited to several international symposiums: Between World Music and Immaterial Cultural Heritage. As a teacher and coordinator of the World Music department at the Conservatory of Grand Chalon, Jaime Salazar is regularly invited to the Cefedem Rhône-Alpes and to the CNFPT Rhône-Alpes. He has been a guest at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana for the Master course in music and he is also pedagogical adviser at the Philharmonie de Paris as a specialist in traditional Colombian music. On an artistic level Jaime Salazar has been on stage with national and international artists like: Samuel Torres, Yuri Buenaventura, Jimmy Bosch, Maria Mulata, Nidia Gongora, Antonio Rivas, Peter Ralchev, Irving Acao, Ernesto Simpson, Manuel Valera, Leonardo Montana et al. In 2015 he premiered the "Bal à la Havane 1950" which was commissioned by the À Vaulx Jazz festival (Vaux-en-Velin). At the moment he is working with French saxophonist Romain Dugelay on a project entitled Pixvae which involves arrangements of Afro-Colombian melodies and attempts to break down "traditional" harmonic/rhythmical structures by associating saturated sound textures and juxtaposing systemic rhythmic cells.
Voice, guasá and gaita hembra
Alejandra Charry comes from Colombia where she began studying music at the Candelaria Cultural Centre, Valle (Colombia). She pursued her studies at the Antonio Maria Valencia Conservatory in Cali. In 2004 she moved to France to further her instrumental skills and enrolled in the cello class at the Ecole Nationale de Musique of Villeurbanne. From 2004 to 2010 at the same conservatory, she enrolled in an advanced course of chamber music, music theory and played in the Symphony Orchestra. Subsequently she continued her instrumental studies at the Conservatory of Chalon-sur-Saône and enrolled in courses of music theory, music history and harmony at the Conservatoire Régional of Lyon. She has always been interested in Colombian music and in 2014 enrolled in the World Music department at the Conservatory of Chalon-sur-Saône. From then on she specialised in traditional songs of the Colombian coasts and puts her training into practice when she joined Bambazú, a group devoted to traditional Colombian music. Now Alejandra is pursuing her artistic career as a singer with Nilamayé et Pixvae which explore traditional music of the Colombian coasts.
Voice, guasá and llamador
Margaux Delatour began studying music by way of the classical piano but branched out rapidly to jazz and improvised music. She is holder of a musicology degree at the Université Lyon 2 and a university degree of peripatetic teaching (DUMI). In 2012 she joined the teaching corps of the Conservatory of Lyon and the Institut Musical des Méthodes Actives of Lyon. Having always been interested in traditional songs, she decided to travel to Latin America to train as a singer of popular and traditional music. Since 2013 she has been busy setting up Hobo, a blues group and more recently she joined Nilamayé and Pixvae which devote themselves to interpreting Afro-Colombian music in all its forms.
Cununos and alegre
The tambolero samario Jorge Posada learned Atlantic coast percussion as a self-taught musician. Later between 1985 and 1987 he enrolled at the Art College of Santa Marta. With his knowledge and his musical sensitivity he joined the group of traditional dance at the University of Magdalena where he learned and developed the art of drum playing. Burgeoning as one of the most brilliant costeño percussionists of his generation, Jorge Posada joined the Sonia Osorio National Ballet of Colombia with which he managed to captivate the most prestigious stages of the Americas and Europe. Jorge Posada is an all-round percussionist who masters the traditional repertory of his country as well as popular music of the Spanish Caribbean. He had the great opportunity to take part in projects such as the Orquesta de Juancho Torres, the Yuri Buenaventura Orchestra, the Nueva Edición de la salsa and the Caribe Big Band et al. Posada lives in France and has participated in the Colombian traditional music scene with world-renowned artists such as Juan Fernandez (Juan Chuchita) and the queen of the "bullerengue" Petrona Martinez in a project entitled« Los hijos de mamá Cumbé », with the prize-winning singer of the Viña del Mar festival (Chili) Maria Mulata, with Tamboral, Marimba and Chirimía, and finally with Nilamayé.
Voice, marimba de chonta and tambora
La Wey was born in Guapi Cauca in 1986 where he began his musical studies at the Guapi Cultural Centre with Hector Sanchez and Maria Mercedes Yung. He has played in different groups of guapireño music performing at the Petronio Alvarez music festival. In 2002 he took part in this festival with the "Renacer" group and in 2002 won first prize in the free category with "La Llave de Guapi". En 2005 he moved to Cali and then to Bogota where he lived for almost ten years. During his stay in the capital La Wey joined "La Revuelta" as a percussionist, then in 2007 "Tymbacatre" with whom he toured in Ecuador and the whole of Colombia. With "Kilombo" he gave concerts in the prestigious festivals of Ollin Kan in Mexico and Ile Allé in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. In 2008 he joined "La Mojarra Eléctrica" as percussionist and lead singer. In 2009 he devoted himself to his own project, "Afrotumbao" with whom he recorded his first disc entitled “No es facil”. La Wey is also a member of "Pambil", a traditional music group with which he has toured in Ecuador, Mexico and Colombia.