So you might be thinking, why these images that have nothing to do with cumbia. Why is he sticking them up, what relevance do they have? I can’t see any relevance or relation!!
Or you might not be thinking any of this at all, not taking the blind bit of notice and just coming for the downloads and ignoring all else, text and image….lol….
Yes, they’re some of my favourite albums but why celebrate them here like this on a cumbia post?
Well, because I felt like it..lol…and you know this blog is more about “feeling” as opposed to any hard and fast rules. But also because I wanted to celebrate mainstream music culture this way because our blog is about mainstream music, well it’s manstream to me or in other words, it’s my mainstream.
I don’t see any difference between what Jeff Buckley did or what Sonido Del Principe does in a musical context. It’s all the same to me, it’s just music of the same class, pedigree and “worth”. I don’t need to distinguish it with pictures of Colombia, Argentina or Mexico, albeit sometimes I do.
The point being that I feel the music which we post on this blog has the same relevance as anything in the usual mainstream or to put it more bluntly, within western musical cultural civilisation. Just because it is non-western, this should not mean that it ought to be distinguished from it.
Ali Farka Toure was just as much as a ROCKSTAR as was Brian Jones or Jimi Hendrix!
So these images have much relevance to the music I post on this feature, cause it’s all part of the same musical family and genius, it’s all about feeling!
So that’s my point……it’s all part of the same family, so why should we not celebrate it altogether
EL GAYO NEGRO
Another great one by this Swiss kid who just seems to be churning them out now BUT that’s the effect we have as a blog!
We’re GREAT for your CREATIVITY…lol…man we ought to be paid, a skill like that is PRICELESS!
That same CREATIVITY has also spread to this Chilean dude too who comes back offering you some bananas.
Yes, we are bananas too
That same disease has spread to our Tropical Dave!
I know he calls himself davidtropical but I like to call him Tropical Dave who is also from Chile!
Now the rest of this post is made up of stuff that I’ve liberated from that most XCELLENT blog, SUPER SONIDO, mind-blowing stuff, check it out.
A couple of great Cumbias I found there:
LOS CORRALEROS DE MAJAGUAL
Probably one of the most popular Discos Fuentes super groups, Los Corraleros De Majagual would eventually bridge the gap between vallenatoLos Corraleros brought the music of the Atlantic coast region of Colombia to national and even international levels. and the big band cumbia sound of the early 60′s. Large brass sections, percussion, and a heavy emphasis on the accordion.
Every member of this band, be it past or present, would eventually become some of the biggest heavy hitters in the Colombian music scene. Alumni included: Lucho Argain, Tony Zuñiga, Alfredo Gutiérrez, Calixto Ochoa, Lisandro Meza, “Chico” Cervantes, Eliseo Herrera, Anibal Velásquez, Abraham Nuñez, Julio Erazo, Julio Ernesto Estrada “Fruko”, just to name a few. The list goes on.
Keep in mind that the cumbia began as a low-brow form of music. Being born out of interactions between Indian populations and African slaves, the cumbia was not always looked favorably upon by the Colombian upper classes. Simple 4/4 rhythms with distinctive/hypnotic looping beats, minimal compared to the popular music genres from Cuba and Puerto Rico at the time. Take the song Cumbiamberita for example, its like riding a horse at a fast trot. This is definitely the music of the campesino. I purposly pitted the album covers “En Nueva York” and “Aqui Estan” together. Los Corralerossombreros vueltiados Enjoy! look happier in their