Rising Colombian duo Cali Y El Dandee fuse hip hop, dance, reggaeton and pop into their very own "Flybot" sound. Brothers Alejandro and Mauricio Rengifo introduced their high-energy, cross-genre flavors on their debut album 3 A.M. and soon after scored their first bonafide hit with 2012's "Yo Te Esperaré" ("I'll Wait For You").
The guys recently released the pulsing new track "Lumbra," featuring Jamaica's very own Shaggy (listen above). The rising Latin outfit will perform at the upcoming L Festival in Los Angeles, which takes place over the weekend of March 18-19 (grab tickets right here). Learn more about Cali Y El Dandee below.
1. They've pushed past their Colombian roots
After finding regional success in their home country, the guys discovered a new fanbase overseas. "Our goal was to be known in Bogota and Colombia, and when we arrived in Spain, it was the first country outside of ours to greet us with open arms," they explain of their rising global brand. "We started making music in a different language than Colombian to reach people from many parts of the world, who would fall in love [with us] just as much an Argentine, a Spanish or a Mexican." The plan worked well: their song "No Hay Dos Sin Tres," a duet with David Bisbal, served as the official song of the Spanish national team at the 2012 Euro Cup.
2. Their songs are deeper than they seem
Augmented by autotune and other production effects, it's easy to write off the duo's tracks as straight up dance music. But the guys claim there's more than meets the ear: "[Our] party songs are focused on understanding the psychology of the party and the public, and the romantic ones also take elements of our life or put us in the skin of others," they describe.
3. They also work as songwriters
Mauricio helped pen Alejandro Fernández's new song "Sé Que Te Duele" ("I Know That It Hurts)," a collaboration with Morat. He's also written songs for Felipe Santos, Sebastian Yatra, Paulina Rubio, Gloria Trevi and Thalía.
4. They like a good collaboration
The Rengifo brothers have worked with David Bisbal, Caravan, Daniel Maldonado, Lucca Perotti, Tatiana Klauss, Natalia Bautista and, most recently, Shaggy. "We hadn't released new music in about a year and a half and we were anxious," Alejandro recently told Viva. "We felt we needed a different urban style than [our past releases], so we looked for an artist that we've admired since we were little, like Shaggy and, luckily, he loved the song."
5. They aren't afraid to break their own rules
Although they've developed their own signature sound, Cali Y El Dandee continue to add to their musical repertoire, experimenting with new production styles and melodies. "We want to get a little bit out of doing the same style of music," they explain. "We seek to reinvent our style with a common thread without leaving our own essence."