It is already two weeks ago since I debuted with my first Sexxy Saturday Cumbia. My purpose was to show both the roots of the genre and how it is interpreted by musicians today. Rereading and -listening the post, I realised however that I might only have taken the ‘sexxy’ part just a bit too literally – what’s on a man’s mind… Therefore, today, I have a one-time alternative edition with cumbias suitable for your grandparents, your parents and your little sister and brother.
In Colombia, cumbias are often danced with all the family around, like on the Independence Day’s celebrations: live music, amazing food, a party for young and old alike! And Colombians do this everywhere, like here in Amsterdam.
I’ve always wanted to go, but never made it. Next time I’m going to make sure I’ll go and share my experiences here with you all!
One of the most important chapters in the history of the genre is the introduction of the accordion. According to a legend, a German ship loaded with accordions destined for Argentina, stranded for the Colombian coast and flooded the white beaches with these weird instruments that the afro-amerindian communities had never seen before. Musicians who incorporated accordions in their traditional musical heritage have now become grey, numerous in offspring and (some of them) legendary. In 2000, the German director Stefan Schwietert has captured this magical history through the eyes of Vallenato legend Pacho Rada, in an artistic documentary that breathes the atmosphere of the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez: ‘El Accordion del Diablo’ (The Devil’s Accordion). Unfortunately, the full version has no subtitles…
Cumbia artists have grown out to stars. The band Los Corraleros de Majagual is one of the most celebrated cumbia bands ever. All Colombian grandparents and parents, and hopefully the new generations too, know their tunes.
Depending on his taste of course, the following tunes may just be the ideal way to make your dad fall in love with cumbia. In the early days of its existence, this blog has featured a unique musical project: a cumbia-jazz album which the creative jazz artist Charles Mingus released somewhere in late 1970s. That sounds like this…
Almost equally awesome is this cumbia-dixieland fusion from the Mexican band Los Pikadientes de Caborca, who usually combine Mexican music genres with American influences. Over the years cumbia has become a very important part of popular culture in North-Mexico. This band now takes its evolution just one step further!
This recent tune from the Italian rock band Cicci Guitar Condor combines a classic-rock sound with.. what else.. cumbia!
The next one is for your mom, reviving the vibe of the 80s/90s !
Before I move on the the kids, let me shortly explore a whole different, new cultural crossbreed in Latin American society. As a result of the rise of evangelical Christianity all over Latin America, a whole new music scene has emerged, inspired by the American idea of ‘contemporary christian music’. Some bands like the Canadian band Calgary, are oriented on the more traditional gospel music..
whereas others combine American ‘worship’ sounds with reggaeton drums and the typical vibrating portable keyboard synths of Argentinean cumbia villera… anything goes really !
That cumbia is truly part of all generations is perfectly shown by this mix that I downloaded last Christmas. I played it in the kitchen when preparing a Christmas dinner together with a housemate, in a playlist together with Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. My housemate detested it, but for me it was the ultimate Christmas feeling. I hope you guys can handle it in this time of the year..
Kids, of course grow older. For your little brother, I wanted to blog this Gameboy-cumbia track but, because Hector already posted it last week, I can go on to the last one for today.
This is a mix especially for your sister in her first year of high school.
The Argentinean cumbiaton girlband Las Culisueltas hold the middle between Disney Channel and the Pussycat Dolls. Although, barely known outside Latin-America, they are a sensation in every country where cumbia is popular. Their hit ‘Envidia’ (jealousy) from two years ago, is, at least for teenage girls, almost impossible not to know.
Although it sounds like just an overdose of cotton-candy, listening to Las Culisueltas is kind of like pulling Santa’s beard too hard: the end of innocence.
“I want to make love!” They sing, “…but I want to do it my way!”
Uhm.. that sounds.. well.. SEXXY again..