Various Artists - Cumbia Cumbia 1 & 2
Two-album reissue of classic compilations from 1989 and 1993
(World Circuit )
The sinuous dance rhythms of the Colombian music known as Cumbia are captured in this nicely packaged and documented two-album reissue of two compilations regarded as the classics of the genre, which first brought Cumbia to wider audiences in the west in 1989 and 1993.
The music has a relaxed but infectious groove with a distinct reggae feel at times that is made for the dance floor, generated by the distinctive percussion instruments, the guiro and guacharaca. Brass and wind add lyrical melodic flourishes, although the vocals can be a little on the cheesey side.