Named for the Haitian god of rain, Simbi comes thundering out of Sweden like a tropical storm, passionately interpreting the music and meaning of Haitian worldbeat with funk, rock and jazz. VODOU BEAT overflows with rolling rhythms and tropical tunes, crafted around impassioned vocals and choruse... more
Named for the Haitian god of rain, the Swedish band Simbi, passionately interprets the music and meaning of Haitian and Creole world-beat with funk, rock, and jazz.
The 8-piece Vodou-Roots group was founded in the late 1980s after saxophonist/percussionist/vocalist Sten Kdllman visited Haiti with a study program centered on Creole and Haitian culture. There, Kdllman became fascinated with Vodou rhythms, traditions, and rituals, and upon his return to Sweden, he assembled well-known and respected rock, jazz and folk musicians on the Swedish music scene to create Simbi.
Simbi’s first album, Vodou Beat (1992) was released in the US through Green Linnet/ Xenophile Records in 1995. In 1997, the band was featured on the soundtrack to the movie, The Big Easy.