Sávila is a medicinal plant that grows wild in tropical climates all over the world, as well as the name of cumbia/latin/world/r&b inspired music and visual art project by guitarist Fabiola Reyna, vocalist/artist Brisa Gonzalez and percussionist extraordinaire Papi Fimbres. Since 2012, Brisa and Fabi have been exploring culture, activism, and the multi-faceted experience of being Mexican-American womxn and artists in the United States.
Joined by Papi Fimbres in 2016, Sávila solidified their percussive sound and in 2018 were named best new band by some of Portland’s most acclaimed musicians. They’ve since supported Shannon and the Clams and La Luz on multiple tours, supported Bomba Estereo, Mdou Moctar, and Explode Into Colors, and are currently on a consecutive streak of 10 SOLD OUT shows throughout the west coast.
“Sávila is a band that can’t be neatly packaged into a brand or traced to a curated set of influences. But rather than feeling like some inaccessible, abstract mass, their music feels like a warm embrace—the communal equivalent of self-care.” – Shannon Gormley, Willamette Week Best of 2018