A loan of $550 helped to invest in album recording costs, pressing and copying CDs, and cover art design.

Hugo Andrés's story

Hugo Andrés is a professional musician at a major university. He teaches classes in electric guitar, acoustics, keyboard, music theory, vocal technique, and ear training at home with two of his university classmates. Five years ago, Hugo started a group called “CACTOPUS” in which he is the composer and guitarist for the band. His music addresses social issues and fuses different rhythms. The group has made appearances in bars and cafés throughout Bogota, and has received attention as a result of magazine interviews and other forms of publicity. Its style is described as “cariñito en rock” which is well-known among followers of this genre. The goal of the group is to achieve recognition on a national level for its fusion of traditional rhythms.

CACTOPUS is a project for young people and adults that was created five years ago. Hugo Andrés is a composer, singer, and guitarist who is able to fuse the rhythms of rock music and the rhythmic beats of Capoeira with traditional music. His dream is for CACTOPUS to attain international recognition for its new Latin American style. Hugo’s main challenge has been generating publicity through commercial broadcast media because he believes the industry is monopolized, thereby making his work difficult. As a business, CACTOPUS generates income through the classes Hugo teaches at home and from appearances at bars and restaurants. The group’s assets include musical equipment, amplifiers, and some music CDs that have been produced. Hugo Andrés and his group want to record nine songs for the upcoming album launch, on which he is currently working. This will be the first album the group has launched, but the group has already released three singles that were well-received based on the sales that were made whenever they performed at bars and hamburger joints. Students of his classes have also bought these recordings, as well as attendees of performances at various sites in which they conduct every eight days.

Hugo has gone to the beautiful Colombian capital of Bogota to request a Kiva loan because he needs to invest in the cost of recording the album, pressing and copying the CDs, and designing and paying for cover art.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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