Criteria: These are the most important songs in the history of cumbia music, ranked by acclaim, influence, and popularity in the different sub-genres. Because cumbia is dispersed and localist, many songs were popularized by different performers depending on the country although Colombia remains most recognized for being the country of origin. The list collects many of the original songs and exceptionally picks cover songs to recognize some important exponents of the genre. No more than one version of a given song was included. Edited By: Jose Luis Mercado. Last Updated: Background: Cumbia is a popular music genre originated in Colombia. During the s, cumbia expand through Latin America.
Carlos Vives – ‘Pa’ Mayte’
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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.
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No News is Bad News. 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.
Culture Trip stands with Black Lives Matter. Systema Solar, with their eclectic mix of tropical hooks, electronic beats and hip-hop verses, are pretty much the ultimate Colombian party starters, and this track, with its upbeat vibe and catchy chanted chorus, will add fun to any party. Vives originally recorded this song in , but a revamped version featuring Colombian stars such as Fanny Lu, Fonseca and Maluma has become a hugely popular song in Colombia, and its celebration of the country and its singalong chorus are the perfect way to kick off a good Colombian playlist.