Brothers Sergio and Santiago Mejia explore the boundaries of Salsa music with their group La-33. The group’s name is a tribute to a famous street in Bogota, Colombia, where the band used to rehearse regularly.
As with many musicians in Montreal, the group rented a house on the illustrious 33rd Street. And in spite of the cold of this city, the 12 members of the group have achieved the warm sound which today represents Colombian salsa around the world.
The musical influences of its members range from classic salsa to ska, rock, and heavy metal. They are particularly inspired by the music of La Fania, Hector Lavoe and Sonora Ponceña.
The group made their North American debut in 2010, including shows at the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Festival d’été de Québec. In 2002, after two years of hard work, the band made an official announcement to enter the field of music. In 2003, they started playing in bars and festivals. The band has toured in countries as diverse as Japan, Poland, Holland, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Slovenia.