Gift Guide -- Frente Cumbiero

Cumbia comes from the Caribbean coast of Colombia (and what is today called Panama). It has been a part of the cultural tradition since the 1800s. It is a mix of African and Indian traditions.

Read more about Folkloric Cumbia here:

However, beginning in the 1950's and 1960's, changes in the Folkloric Cumbia sound began to began. Soon, Cumbia became a popular commercial genre in Colombia. Eventually Colombian artists started touring, taking cumbia to places like Mexico, Argentina, Central America and Perú. In those areas, Cumbia was adapted by local performers and each developed their own style.

By the turn of the century, Cumbia was one of the biggest genres in commercial music in Latin America. Many Colombians have long felt that the development of other kinds of Cumbia have degenerated the original sound, and really the sound is not very popular in Colombia today. A few new bands, like Bomba Stereo, are trying to bring the sound back, albeit, not in its traditional form.

One new group is FRENTE CUMBIERO. This past weekend they launched their first album,in English titled "Meets Mad Professor," in Spanish " Gaita del profesor loco."

Here is a sample from the album.

Read more here:

You can add a few of their songs to your collection through MP3 download here:

For Aguanegra click here:

For Gaita del Professor Loco Album click here:


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