Hip-Hop Cumbia by Niña Dioz and Liliana Saumet

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“La Cumbia Prohibida” … a lively collaboration by the Monterrey hip-hop artist Niña Dioz and Colombian artist Liliana Saumet, singer for the band Bomba Estereo

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Cumbia Rebajada in Monterrey

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Monterrey has been the center of a Cumbia culture that has evolved since the Colombian style of music was introduced in the 1960s. Unique clothing, hair and dance styles have all developed, as has a rather interesting musical adaptation called Cumbia Rebajada. That’s where they take a regular Cumbia and slow it down.

Here’s a great article called “The Cholombians” from the Vice website:

http://www.vice.com/read/the-cholombians-731-v18n3

And here’s a Cumbia Rebajada – Give it a chance, and it’ll grow on you.:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyGRnwcie4g

Los Lobos – Kiko and the Lavender Moon

Mexican radio station Ibero 90.9 has a series called 6 Tracks, in which guests are asked to name 6 songs that have been important in their lives. This is one of the songs selected by Bernardo Fernández, Bef, illustrator, graphic designer and author (see my review of his wonderful novel Ojos de Lagarto)

Here’s the link to see the rest of the tracks he selected:

http://ibero909.fm/bernardo-bef-fernandez-escritor-e-ilustrador-en6tracks/

Gloria Trevi – Hoy me iré de casa

A live performance of Mexico’s mega-star performing one of her most popular songs. The song dates from the early 90s, but this performance appears to be about 15 years later. I saw her live at the Universal Amphitheater some time around 2004, and there was the same adulation from the crowd. Notice the entire audience knows every word of the song.