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This is one of those articles that I want to take a long time with. I want it to go on and on with no end in sight. But alas an end is in sight. All week I’ve been thinking how to approach this specific article. And to be honest I haven’t decided on how it is supposed to be.
I honestly have lost count of how many Sexxy Saturday Cumbias I have written. I lost count somewhere in the mid-80’s and started guessing. If my guessing is correct then this should be around the 127th mark. That is 127 consecutive weeks, without missing a single one, when I claim it to be consecutive, I am not merely carelessly throwing that word around. I have honestly never missed one week. I have been late on a few occasions, but not a week has passed during this 127-week stretch without an issue of Sexxy Saturday Cumbia being delivered. I take much pride in this fact, but also it shows one of my obsessive-compulsive habits. I do not fail to do my job no matter how ill I feel.
When I first started my Cumbia Facebook group called Nu Cumbia Experience, I had neither the foresight nor an idea that it would be the catalyst that started me on this remarkable and honorable path. I was simply interested in collecting music from artists within the Digital Cumbia community. I knew very little about what was going on outside of the mainstream Cumbia scene. Nu Cumbia Experience was as far as I remember only the second Facebook group completely dedicated to Digital Cumbia, but I may be wrong about this. Friends sent me stems to play with and before I knew it I was hooked on Digital Cumbia or rather Nu Cumbia as I’m happier calling it.
Canalh was at that time writing Sexxy Saturday Cumbia. He sent me a private message telling me that I was to be featured on a post on Generation Bass. I didn’t even know what Generation Bass was, to be honest. Through Canalh I was introduced to Generation Bass. I remember how incredibly excited I was to have my music featured here, this is an excitement I’ve never forgotten, I’m reminded every time someone shows excitement when I feature their music here.
Being on Sexxy Saturday Cumbia I found myself very inspired and motivated to produce more Nu Cumbia. I made many friends within the community, most being located in Mexico because Sonidera and Cumbia Nortena was what I was most familiar with having lived and worked in the local music scene here in Phoenix, Arizona. As my popularity grew I continued to feel inspired. The embrace the Cumbia community has kindly held me in since those early days, I must say still feels just as warm as always.
I remember one day searching around Generation Bass for old posts when I cam upon the post Dee Jay Umb put up asking for a blogger to take on Sexxy Saturday Cumbia. This post was very old, as it was the one Canalh apparently was interested in. At that moment I remember clearly thinking that I wish I had known about Generation Bass and more importantly, Sexxy Saturday Cumbia at that time when Umb was seeking a new blogger. Then the odd twist of fate happened, well shortly afterward anyway. Dee Jay Umb asked if I was interested in taking over because Canalh left the spot open. Nervous with excitement I replied immediately with a resounding “Yes! Please. And thank you.”
Nervous as all hell, after planning for two weeks, I wrote my first Sexxy Saturday Cumbia with shaking hands in May of 2011. Then the addiction started almost immediately after the first publishing. I wrote and wrote, loving every week and loving all the music I encountered. One might think that the passion one feels when first starting something might decline in feeling the longer one does it, this is the exact opposite of the true case. Over time my passion only grows and I expect it to keep growing still.
I met many wonderful people over the two years and two months I’ve been writing here on Generation Bass, many of those wonderful people’s eyes are surely grazing over these words at this very moment.
Writing for Generation Bass played a large part of creating the person I am today. I have learned a lot about a lot of topics not just about Cumbia. I had no idea, no guess so wild, that I would become a co-owner of Generation Bass. This is such an honor for me, I cannot emphasize this enough, there simply aren’t any words capable of describing this honor I feel.
Alas, the time has indeed come for me to hang my hat. You might be assuming I’ve gone mad, and perhaps that is the case, but the time has come nonetheless. I only leave with positive words to express my love and appreciation for both Dee Jay Umb and Vincent Koreman, without them I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today. I may have put in the work, but they gave me the opportunities and the trust that helped me flourish and cultivate my skills as a writer, producer and business owner.
You might be asking why it is I’m leaving. That question is worthy of an explanation. I have decided after much thought that it is best for me to continue on elsewhere. I feel I can make a better impact in the music industry as a producer, publisher, editor, writer, musician and businessman if I focus my attention on one location of work. That location is the site I operate called The Global Bass Experience. I know there I can do much more work. I have a better budget, less distraction and more influence. I have massive plans for the immediate future including pressing vinyl for album releases, CD’s, merchandise, attending and operating showcases at various music festivals and a bigger online presence.
My goals are to increase productivity at a faster rate and larger impact and at The Global Bass Experience I have much better options. I will continue a similar weekly Cumbia post but instead of Saturday, the post will appear on Friday. The name of course will be changed to Funky Friday Cumbia, because I’ll leave SSC for a future writer here on Generation Bass. I feel Friday is a better day to share new music so DJ’s can download and get their sets together for that weekend.
I will continue releasing Cumbia EP’s monthly. I already have some ready to go. I will also oversee EP and LP releases in other genres. I have assembled a great team of bloggers and producers whom are gung ho about working with The Global Bass Experience.
So this is not a “goodbye” but more of a “see you over there”. I won’t miss a beat with any of these projects including this Cumbia round up. It will be as though nothing changed, except where I am located online. Also there will be many major positive changes that will be coming with the switch.
There should be no melancholia found here today because that is unnecessary. I am not leaving you, nor will I ever. This is my life, doing this work means the world to me. I’m only moving to a new location. So if you would be so kind as to come join me I promise a wonderful and productive future for all of us.
My sincerest and best regards to Generation Bass and specifically my two partners who are soon to be referred to as former. Much love and respect all around.
Now for the biggest Sexxy Saturday Cumbia you’re likely to ever encounter!
Let’s start by kicking back to this dope Cumbia Dub refix jam provided by Mexican Stepper of “Real Rock Riddim.”
Since the very first moment I encountered Animal Chuki I was hooked to their sound. Peruvians sure leave their mark on great Cumbia innovation.
It’s still somewhat bizarre to me how well Dnb and Cumbia can work together. Markuz R. shares in my sentiment.
El Dirty Sonidero provides us with a summer mix suited for the rabid Cumbia fan.
I still remember the first time I shared some of Abel Digital’s work here on Sexxy Saturday Cumbia. I actually dedicated a post to him along with an in depth interview. Well he’s back a couple of years later with more of his hallucinogenic stylings.
The name El Remolon is spoken often and always with respect. And for good reason. Here is his latest contribution to dopeness.
Qechuaboi, what have I not said about this Electribe genius? I’ll think that question over in my head while you jam out to his latest masterpiece.
Cumbia and Rap also seem to flow well together. I suspect it has a lot to do with the chill repetitive rhtyhms of Cumbia, which allow words to flow freely and effortlessly on top.
Papi Chulo and the great Elegante & La Imperial seem to be a match made in heaven, well at least a match made by [email protected]
Speaking of Elegante & La Imperial, his is the latest Cumbia EP from my series, which I will repeat first started here on Generation Bass but will be continued by me on The Global Bass Experience (punto) Com.
Azangaro Remakes has proven to be another hit EP from this incredible series. Listen and download it for free.
Another sick release by out Deep Cumbia Colombiano Boy, Dany F, graced our laptops and ear buds this past week. Infinite/Finite is another EP that can successfully attest to the mad skills Dany F possesses.
G-Flux has for a rather long time now been synonymous with the phrase “dope as hell.” His debut solo LP will be released this coming Tuesday July 30th. On this incredible album one can find Los Master Plus, Boogat, Empresarios and Chicha guitar legend Jose Luis Carballo. But don’t fret he will also be visited by his long-time partner Afrodita.
The name of the album is G-Sound and you can preview it all here below.
Deltatron! Another dope figure from the underground Peruvian scene and member of the incredible crew Terror Negro Crew. He always delivers sick new tracks that hit the right spot.
Don Juan Pachanga has a long and productive future ahead of him that is sure to be filled with much success. I love collaborating with him because his style is perfect for my personal musical tastes.
His latest track with Hijo De La Cumbia is a dope remake of Nicky Romero’s “Symphonica.”
Exta-Machine Mx has been making several appearances lately here on Sexxy Saturday Cumbia. His music is just too good to overlook. Check out this intensely sick Tropical Bass tune.
PabloTez is just simply amazing with his work. I expect as so should you, that I will be sharing a lot of his new work in the future and most likely for many years to come,
His new song Maracuya is a wonderful Tropical Bass gem.
Chusma Records was running what seemed to being, or at least ended up being, a confusing contest for remixes of their recently signed genius act, Dengue Dengue Dengue’s track from their debut album “La Alianza Profana” called “Simiolo.”
Many top remixers, young and old, wise and silly, came on board to compete for the most voted for remix to be featured on the Chusma Records re-release.
It was confusing because not all the remixes ended up on the site for the listeners to vote from. Then some were added later. Well it became rather hectic and somewhat messy but a winner was indeed crowned and awarded. That winner is none other than Manduka. And here is his remix.
Another of my top favorite Nu Cumbia DJ’s is Tribilin Sound. I know I have said that before and not that long ago, but the dude is just that great I feel I have to repeat my sentiment.
Here to back up my claims of greatness is his latest work “Bilongo con Sandunga.”
Petardo is always hard at work spreading his message of peace and love around the world. While in Germany he longs to return to the barrios of his native Peru where he can further spread his message.
To at least put one in a chill daze, I have his newest remix featuring Barrington Levy with “The Cumbia Stepper.”
Pedrolito, my good and friend for many years to come, shares with us another special mixtape where he gives respect to Colombia.
Folklore digital #8 – Especial Colombia by Pedrolito Radioglobal on Mixcloud
Here is a sick new rebajada rework from Mamalon of “La Cumbia De Las Culeras,” courtesy of Especimen Tropical.
Perro Ki shows his love for the female vocalists of ZZK Records with his small mix of lovely Cumbia.
Before I leave Generation Bass I wish to leave something melancholic of me behind. It seems fitting to me to do so. This is my sequel to my first full mix of my originals titled “Condicion del Corazon.” This time I revisit the beauty found in the darkness along with the spiritual feelings within the depths of music. I do so with “Condicion de Mente.”
To help wake you up a little, El Catorce provides us with a high energy rework “Cumbiambera.”
I shan’t honestly ever tire of this work. I love this, I love you, I love Generation Bass but I’m going to have to love this work and love you elsewhere from now on. In a place I like to call The Global Bass Experience (dot) Com. If you feel like you’re going to miss me, I beg of you to please don’t fear, do not cry, for I am not leaving you. I’m not going anywhere. Yo soy El Guero Unico, tu eres mi gente! Ahora y para SIEMPRE! Now and Forever! I am your El Guero Unico and now I am on The Global Bass Experience.
El Guero Unico out!