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La Cumbia English Translation:
The Cumbia is a musical rhythm and traditional folkloric dance of Colombia. It has contents of three cultural aspects, mainly indigenous and black African and, to a lesser extent, white (Spanish), being fruit of the long and intense mestizaje between these cultures during the Conquest and the Colony.

The researcher Guillermo Abadía Morales in his Compendio del folclor colombiano, volume 3, # 7, published in 1962, states that “this explains the origin in the zamba conjugation of the musical air by the fusion of the melancholy indigenous pipe flute or cane Millo, that is to say, Tolo or Kuisí, of the Cuna and Koguis ethnic groups respectively, and the joyful and impetuous resonance of the African drum.The ethnographic city hall has been symbolized in the different roles that correspond in the dance of cumbia to each sex ” .[3] The presence of these cultural elements can be seen as follows:

In the instrumentation are the drums of black African origin; The maracas, the guache and the whistles (millet and bagpipes) of indigenous origin; While the songs and coplas are contributions of Spanish poetry, although later adapted.

Presence of sensual movements, markedly gallant, seductive, characteristic of dances of African origin.

The dresses have clear Spanish features: long polleras, lace, sequins, candongas, and the same flower headdresses and intense makeup on women; Shirt and white trousers, red handkerchief knotted to the neck and hat in the men.

From the 1940s, commercial or modern cumbia expanded to the rest of Latin America, after which it became popular throughout the continent following different commercial adaptations, such as the Argentine cumbia, the Bolivian cumbia, the Chilean cumbia, the cumbia Ecuadorian cumbia, cumbia mexicana, cumbia peruana, cumbia salvadoreña, cumbia uruguay and cumbia venezolana, among others.

La Cumbia En Espanol:
La Cumbia es un ritmo musical y baile folclórico tradicional de Colombia.[1] [2] Posee contenidos de tres vertientes culturales, principalmente indígena y negra africana y, en menor medida, blanca (española), siendo fruto del largo e intenso mestizaje entre estas culturas durante la Conquista y la Colonia. El investigador Guillermo Abadía Morales en su “Compendio del folclor colombiano”, volumen 3, #7, publicado en 1962, afirma que “ello explica el origen en la conjugación zamba del aire musical por la fusión de la melancólica flauta indígena gaita o caña de millo, es decir, Tolo o Kuisí, de las etnias Cunas y Koguis, respectivamente, y la alegre e impetuosa resonancia del tambor africano. El ayuntamiento etnográfico ha quedado simbolizado en los distintos papeles que corresponden en el baile de la cumbia a cada sexo”.[3] La presencia de estos elementos culturales se puede apreciar así:

En la instrumentación están los tambores de origen negro africano; las maracas, el guache y los pitos (caña de millo y gaitas) de origen indígena; mientras que los cantos y coplas son aporte de la poética española, aunque adaptadas luego.

Presencia de movimientos sensuales, marcadamente galantes, seductores, característicos de los bailes de origen africano.

Las vestiduras tienen claros rasgos españoles: largas polleras, encajes, lentejuelas, candongas, y los mismos tocados de flores y el maquillaje intenso en las mujeres; camisa y pantalón blanco, pañolón rojo anudado al cuello y sombrero en los hombres.

A partir de la década de 1940, la cumbia comercial o moderna se expandió al resto de América Latina, tras lo cual se popularizó en todo el continente siguiendo distintas adaptaciones comerciales, como la cumbia argentina, la cumbia boliviana, la cumbia chilena, la cumbia dominicana, la cumbia ecuatoriana, la cumbia mexicana, la cumbia peruana, la cumbia salvadoreña, la cumbia uruguaya y la cumbia venezolana, entre otras.




  1. mycountryepoque

    February 20, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Thank you for this vibe, it was nice.

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  2. America On Coffee

    February 20, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Happy to share!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Photobooth Journal

    February 21, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Wonderful music and history!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. America On Coffee

    February 21, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    and a great inspiration for travel, I must say. :~) Thanks for stopping by and commenting, photobooth journal!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Photobooth Journal

    February 21, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    I spent six months in South and six in Central America. Would love to get there again one day. Till then I have la musica!🎼🎺🎷

    Liked by 2 people

  6. America On Coffee

    February 21, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Hope you had as much fun shown in the movie: Romancing The Stone!! …Was so much adventure!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Photobooth Journal

    February 21, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Much, much more! 😊😊😊

    Liked by 1 person

  8. America On Coffee

    February 21, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Definitely make a go of it! I love South America too, never ventured there, but the book: Celestine Prophecy gives many glimpses of Columbia jungles adventures.:-)

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Photobooth Journal

    February 21, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I had my jungle adventure in the Peruvian Amazon basin. You just have to go to Colombia but heed all your governments travel warnings as I think there are still some no go areas. The town/region in Romancing the Stone, Cartagena, was a no go area when I was travelling. Very disappointed not to be able to go there.

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  10. America On Coffee

    February 21, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Columbia and Peru are close enough for a similar jungle adventure. So many difficulties with today’s governments. So glad you enjoyed. … we’ll see what the future holds for myself and the crew. :-) Thanks photobooth journal!


  11. RitmaBlog - Chris Ritma

    October 3, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    I love Cumbia. Thank you for this read.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. America On Coffee

    October 4, 2017 at 1:50 am

    You are welcome! And, thank you very much for the delightful feedback!👍👍😅



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