Have you danced to Cumbia yet? Cumbia is a musical genre (and national dance of Columbia) that beautifully combines three cultures: African, Indigenous, and European.
The layering of percussion instruments and emphasis on the backbeat brings an irresistible call to dance. Regardless of the tempo, Cumbia will make any party a dance party!
What is Cumbia?
Cumbia originated in the coastal area of Columbia. It is the blend of African, Indigenous, and European influences on the Colombian people. It used to be only heard in Columbia but is now popular throughout Latin America.
The African influence is heard in the rhythm of the drums while the Indigenous-based flute highlights the melody. The European influence provides variations in the melodies, choreography, and costumes of the dancers.
“Cumbia has been with Colombia from the beginning but, thanks to bands like Bomba Estereo, it’s once again emerging onto the international stage.” Columbia Tourism
You can learn more about the history of Cumbia music here.
What Events Are Good for Cumbia?
If you are thinking about shaking up your next birthday party why not make it a Cumbia party? Host it in the evening and use this playlist. You can even have flameless-candles and handkerchiefs for the women.
The Cumbia dance is easy to learn combining a back step shuffle with cross body turns.
Can I Play Cumbia At My Wedding Reception?
Of course, you can play Cumbia at your wedding reception! We love any type of cultural songs that get people to dance.
And again, the steps to the Cumbia are relatively easy to learn. We’re all about getting everyone involved — young and old.
What Are the Hot 50 Cumbia Songs?
We put together a collection of popular Cumbia songs being downloaded on Amazon. Enjoy our list of Hot 50 Cumbia songs for your wedding or party.
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Last Updated: January 4, 2021
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