- 2 years ago
Playing tracks by
Sekreto (Hijo De La Cumbia RMX), Master Blaster Sound System, Toy Selectah, The Binary Cumbia Orchestra and Tío Changó Feat. Frente Cumbiero.
Whether you're in a convenience store in Ushuaia, the southernmost tip of Argentina, Mexico City or East L.A., you're likely to hear cumbia blaring from a stereo. In Latin America, no musical style has been as widespread, unifying and, I would argue, misunderstood as cumbia. Cumbia is the musical backbone of the continent. Engraved in each vertebra of cumbia is the history of Latin America itself. Brought to Colombia around the time it became a Spanish colony, it was heavily influenced by the instruments of native tribes, such as the gaita flutes and the guacharacas. Cumbia began as a courtship dance practiced among the African slave population that was later mixed with European instruments and musical characteristics. In Nu Cumbia ! El Hijo de la Cumbia aims at showing that all African rhythms can be respectfully mixed, that music overcomes all language barriers, and that music is not just there to simply dance and listen to, but also for us to let our imagination soar and feel free