The most notable difference between Colombian cumbia and Panamanian cumbia is the percussion. Since s, commercial or modern colombian cumbia expanded to the rest of Latin America, after which it became popular throughout the continent following different commercial adaptations, such as Argentine cumbia, Bolivian cumbia, Chilean cumbia, cumbia Dominican, Ecuadorian cumbia, Mexican cumbia, Peruvian cumbia, Salvadoran cumbia, Uruguayan cumbia, and Venezuelan cumbia, among others. The Colombian cultural researcher Jorge Villarreal Diazgranados in his article "La cumbia, el jolgorio y sobre todo el placer" La cumbia, fun and above all pleasure , published in states:. Cumbia comes from Cumbague and Cumbague was the personification of the indigenous cacique pocabuyano, it is said that Cumbague besides having a bellicose and bold character, should have been an excellent maco chicha drinker because all of his race were drunks who danced and played among friends. Cuban ethnologist Graciano states that the words Kumba , Kumbe and Koumbi , replacing the letter "k" for "c" when turned into Spanish means "drums" or "dances". On the other hand, he states that cumba - kumba , African word for Bantu or Congos tribes, means "roar", "shock", "shouting", "scandal", "joy". It was a night without the moon, that of June 18, ; but the picturesque town of Arjona showed the purest serenity in the starry sky, and the cheerful bustle of gaitas and cumbiambas with which the indigenous people celebrated, sheltered from the republican arms, the approach of the festival of St.
Raymix, Becky G, El Dusty and other major label Latin acts are finding new listeners with their versions of cumbia songs. But in , he could not find a job in the U. Another one standing in that block party heard it, looked for it on YouTube, and found it. It started to spread. The former NASA scientist is also helping to lead cumbia, one of the most popular and versatile forms of Latin American music, back into prominence in the commercial Hispanic American market. The extent of its reach should not be underestimated. DJ Beto mentions a few commercially successful acts who engaged with cumbia in the s and early s, like Kumbia Kings and Ozomatli. Juanes, the million-selling Colombian singer, has been one of the few acts able to carve out space recently for hybrid versions of cumbia, often merged with a sturdy rock backbeat. Maybe in the highest levels, they start playing cumbia at midnight.
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Cumbia brings together three cultures — African, Indigenous and European. The African influence gives the rhythm of the drums while the Indigenous based flute blends in the melody. The European influence provides some variations in the melodies, choreography, and costumes of the dancers. You can learn more about the history of Cumbia music here. We put together a collection of popular Cumbia songs being downloaded on Amazon. Enjoy our list of Hot 50 Cumbia songs for your wedding or party.
So thank God for the fusionistas. The good ones, that is. What follows is only my personal top 10 and a good representation of artists who pushed the envelope and went beyond the usual, crowd-pleasing cumbia formula. Not enough Colombian artists?