“Cumbia Bestial” is the first to assemble both an international cast of noted producers and DJs and promising newcomers from the “underground” of a new urban latino club scene. Cumbia – a musical style few had heard of until not so long ago. But since 2008 at the latest, the Carribean offbeat groove has been explosively rediscovered at clubs and festivals in the USA and Europe. Two-four time tunes from 1960s Colombia are being taken into the studio to be remixed with electronic beats, dubbing basslines, scratches and samples, creating a new bastard style we call Cumbia Bestial!
Bomba Estéreo, Systema Solar, Toy Selektah and IMS are some of the protagonists of this red-hot international scene. The sampler presents 16 angles on a new era of latino bands, DJs and producers, featuring artists from Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Mexico City and even Berlin – soul food for the hungry ears of today’s global dancefloors!
The origins of Cumbia can be traced back in the Caribbean Sea Coast and Panama between the 50s and 70s in the 20th century. Cartagena port, in the Caribbean Sea, was well known for being the “Gate-way to America“ during colonial centuries. The city earned its wealth and power by being the biggest place for the trade of African slaves into Latin America. After centuries of servitude and thanks to the new achieved freedom, the African Diaspora led to a new coexistence between indigenous people, Afro-Colombians and the Spanish communities. The musical heritage of this encounter results in the floating African rhythm, indigenous melodies and Spanish poetry, all fusioned into just one style. For a very long time this mixture is ignored by the country´s White elite and efforts are made to keep it away from radio stations and concert halls. Nevertheless, a few years later, Cumbia took on together with Vallenato and Salsa as the popular music from Colombia and later on throughout the whole Latinamerican continent, from Mexico until Argentina, filtering even to a local scale.
At the end of the millennium and thanks to the new technological advances concerning musical software, the first „Remixes“ of all songs are carried out and also own producers´ compositions in urban centres such as Buenos Aires, Bogotá and Mexico D.F. Horn-sections, accordeon sequences and Afro-Colombian rhythms became mixed with „Beats“ and new „Basselines“. A new world of sound between Roots and Beats, between squeezebox and synthesizer was dawning! Very soon, the first songs found their way to the DJ´s turntables all around the world.
Alta Yama – Miss Bolivia feat. Ali Guagua
Fuego – Bomba Estereo
Sekreto – Gota