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Colombian neo-traditionalist ensemble La Cumbiamba eNeYé performed a rousing show at Barbès earlier this month. Stream the entire 70-minute set here and check out a slideshow from their gig at GlobalFest 2010.

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Hometown: New York

The Facts: Co-founder Martín Vejarano took the name La Cumbiamba from a festival in northwest Colombia where celebrants build a gigantic bonfire and dance the night away. The band includes many Colombians who aim to take the traditional music from the Pacific and Caribbean coasts and infuse it with a modern sense energy. The band made a name for itself at this year’s GlobalFest at Webster Hall.

The Sound: Flutes and hand drums combine for hypnotic rhythms, while Vejarano’s call-and-response vocals stir up the crowd.

Latest Release: Marioneta (2006)

He Said, She Said: "Multiple styles of Colombian cumbia — porro with wooden flutes, brassy big-band cumbia — have been happily transplanted to New York City by La Cumbiamba eNeYé, whose traditionalism extended to having its singers join a long, circling line dance with the crowd." – Jon Pareles, The New York Times

"[T]he big band grabbed the audience from the outset, moving hearts — and, more importantly, feet — throughout the night. Layers of vocals, bongos, snares, brass and bass filled Webster Hall with joy. There was a lot of dancing and smiling, to say the least." – Bob Boilen, NPR Music

 

La Cumbiamba eNeYé at Globalfest 2010
La Cumbiamba eNeYé at Globalfest 2010 ( lightatmywindow (flickr) )
La Cumbiamba eNeYé at Globalfest 2010
La Cumbiamba eNeYé at Globalfest 2010 ( lightatmywindow (flickr) )
La Cumbiamba eNeYé at Globalfest 2010
La Cumbiamba eNeYé at Globalfest 2010 ( lightatmywindow (flickr) )
La Cumbiamba eNeYé at Globalfest 2010
La Cumbiamba eNeYé at Globalfest 2010 ( lightatmywindow (flickr) )
La Cumbiamba eNeYé at Globalfest 2010
La Cumbiamba eNeYé at Globalfest 2010 ( lightatmywindow (flickr) )
La Cumbiamba eNeYé at Globalfest 2010
La Cumbiamba eNeYé at Globalfest 2010 ( lightatmywindow (flickr) )
La Cumbiamba eNeYé at Globalfest 2010
La Cumbiamba eNeYé at Globalfest 2010 ( lightatmywindow (flickr) )
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