The Rough Guide To Cumbia
Also available on Limited Edition Vinyl LP
Colombian cumbia is the beloved tropical dance music that is currently enjoying a revival on club dance floors. This Rough Guide highlights the best from cumbia’s coastal Afro-Caribbean roots through to its entirely modern incarnations. Explore the vintage works of Lucho Bermúdez, Los Corraleros de Majagual through to the urban styling’s of El Hijo De La Cumbia and Los Chapillacs.
Includes bonus CD by Los Corraleros De Majagual
- Listen Medardo Padilla y su Conjunto: La Guacharaca (2:37)
- Listen Lucho Bermudez: Gaita De Las Flores (2:52)
- Listen Pacho Galan: Cumbia Del Caribe (2:13)
- Listen Los Corraleros de Majagual: La Cumbia Soba (2:36)
- Listen Los Caporales Del Magdalea: Fiesta En Corraleja (2:54)
- Listen Aniceto Molina: Tu No Me Lo Das (2:40)
- Listen Aníbal Velasquez Y Su Conjunto: Luz De Cumbia (2:52)
- Listen Gabriel Romero: Ay Hombre (3:30)
- Listen Adolfo Echeverría Y Su Orquesta: Noches De Cumbia (4:41)
- Listen Juan Piña: La Canillona (3:44)
- Listen Los Destellos: Dame Tu Carino (3:23)
- Listen Los Hispanos: Fiesta En Mi Pueblo (3:23)
- Listen La Integracion: Amargo y Dulce (4:19)
- Listen José Alex Y Los Trotamundos: El Fosforito (3:27)
- Listen Alfredo Gutierrez: El Solitario (3:35)
- Listen Los Chapillacs: He Traicionado Tu Amor (feat. Pascualillo Coronado, El Rey de La Carretera Central) (4:54)
- Listen Pablo Mayor's Folklore Urbano Orchestra: Expresar Amor (5:02)
- Listen El Hijo De La Cumbia: Para Bailar (Alika Y Nueva Alianza Remix) (3:24)
- Listen Cumbia Campesina (3:00)
- Listen Ocho Dias (3:19)
- Listen La Medallita (4:39)
- Listen Festival De Guarare (3:15)
- Listen Los Sabanales (2:46)
- Listen Tristeza del Cumbiambero (3:03)
- Listen Sueltala Pa' Que Se Defienda (2:41)
- Listen Cumbiaberita (3:08)
- Listen La Guaca (3:49)
- Listen El Toro Miura (4:24)
- Listen Cumbia Saramuya (3:04)
- Listen Güepaje (2:36)
The Rough Guide To Cumbia
Cumbia, originally from the coastal regions of Colombia, is an internationally beloved genre of tropical music (and dance) with a syncopated 4/4 rhythm characterized by call-and-response vocals, a rolling drumbeat and a simple, repetitive timekeeping percussion laid out on the maracas (gourd shakers) or the raspy guacharaca scraper.
This Rough Guide transverses a wide range of cumbia styles and sounds. The album opens with ‘La Guacharaca’ by Medardo Padilla Y Su Conjunto an example of the cumbia as played by traditional folkloric groups from the coast of Colombia. Essential to any guide to cumbia is clarinettist Lucho Bermúdez (1912–1994), one of the founding fathers of the modern coastal sound of tropical music. ‘Gaita De Los Flores’ pays tribute to the indigenous and humble gaita, but updates the instrument with the European clarinet, changing the feel from Indian flute to mambo/swing big band in the mould of Pérez Prado or Glenn Miller. Other gems included ‘Luz De Cumbia’, Aníbal Velásquez’s infectious tropical jam that describes the romantic night-time dancing in a traditional candle-lit cumbiamba (‘cumbia party’). Another killer track ‘Noche De Cumbia’ was a big hit in 1977 for Barranquilla-born singer and composer Adolfo Ernesto Echeverría Comas. The lively track demonstrates his unique sound which combines the folkloric music of his Atlantic coastal region with muscular New York-style salsa arrangements.
Cumbia has enjoyed a revival in recent years and is filling up dance floors again. Heading up the modern contingent is the closing track from El Hijo De Cumbia. The Argentinan DJ has become famous for his own brand of modern cumbia (sometimes referred to as cumbia villera) that combines elements of hip-hop, reggae and digital dancehall.
Explore the roots and reverberations of cumbia on this comprehensive Rough Guide.