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The Latin Groove

Sunday, September 22, 2013

This New Sounds program is one devoted to the Latin Groove, especially the cumbia rhythms that we’ll hear in several pieces on this show.  We’ll begin in Argentina with Chancha via Circuito, the alter ego of producer Pedro Canale, who enjoys chopping up and then mixing folk guitar, flutes, and Coke-bottle percussion to make retrofitted cumbia for the clubs.

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Video Premiere: Tremor, 'Huella'

Friday, September 06, 2013

Watch the new video from the Argentine “digital folklorico” trio Tremor.

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New Sounds

The Latin Groove

Thursday, August 30, 2012

This New Sounds program is one devoted to the Latin Groove, especially the cumbia rhythms that we’ll hear in several pieces on this show.  We’ll begin in Argentina with Chancha via Circuito, the alter ego of producer Pedro Canale, who enjoys chopping up and then mixing folk guitar, flutes, and Coke-bottle percussion to make retrofitted cumbia for the clubs.

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Gig Alert: Very Be Careful

Monday, July 02, 2012

The Los Angeles Colombian roots group Very Be Careful plays Littlefield on Monday night. Get a feel for VBC's cumbia by downloading the group's "La Furgoneta."

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Gig Alert: Lila Downs

Friday, February 17, 2012

Mexican-American chanteuse Lila Downs brings her vibrant pan-Latin fusion to El Museo del Barrio on Saturday night. Download the cumbia tune "Paloma del Comalito" from her new album. 

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Gig Alert: Chicha Libre

Monday, January 09, 2012

Brooklyn-based psychedelic cumbia band Chicha Libre performs at Barbes on Monday night. Download the outfit's song "Primavera en la Selva," an Amazonian reimagination of Vivaldi's "Spring," here.

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Gig Alert: MAKU Soundsystem

Friday, December 09, 2011

The Queens- and Brooklyn-based Colombian roots rock outfit M.A.K.U. Soundsystem plays S.O.B.s on Saturday night. Download the group's slow-burning, psychedelic cumbia "Canto Negro" here. 

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New Sounds

The Latin Groove

Friday, May 20, 2011

This New Sounds program is one devoted to the Latin Groove, especially the cumbia rhythms that we’ll hear in several pieces on this show.  We’ll begin in Argentina with Chancha via Circuito, the alter ego of producer Pedro Canale, who enjoys chopping up and then mixing folk guitar, flutes, and Coke-bottle percussion to make retrofitted cumbia for the clubs.  

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At Mexican Sonidero Parties, It's About the Music and the Message

Friday, May 13, 2011

Recent census data reveals that the Mexican population in New York City has increased by 71 percent in the last decade. That means a lot more cumbia sonidero parties will be happening in community centers and banquet halls across the city's boroughs.

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Gig Alert: Gregorio Uribe Big Band

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Gregorio Uribe's 16-piece, Afro-Colombian big band plays Zinc Bar tonight. Download his "Caribe Contigo" here.

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New York City Bands Tap Into Colombian Music Fever

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Queens is home to a rich Colombian musical community that is mixing traditional Afro-Colombian sounds with contemporary American music in interesting ways. Watch our audio slideshow and download a track by MAKU Soundsystem.

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Soundcheck Sessions: La Cumbiamba eNeYé

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Old-school cumbia party band La Cumbiamba eNeYe performed live in the Soundcheck Studio last week. Listen to the audio here.

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Gig Alerts: Cumbiagra

Monday, May 24, 2010

The party band with the irresistible Latin beat returns to Barbes tonight. Download their infectious track "Al Gato y Al Raton."

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No Cover: La Cumbiamba eNeYé

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Colombian neo-traditionalist ensemble La Cumbiamba eNeYé performed a rousing show at Barbès earlier this month. Stream the entire 70-minute set here.

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No Cover: Cumbiagra

Thursday, February 04, 2010

The band Cumbiagra has cemented its place in Brooklyn as a go-to group for the vintage cumbia music of Colombia and Mexico. They are frequent guests at Barbes. Stream their most recent set here.

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Cumbia Spins Around the World

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Cumbia is folk music from rural Columbia that's become party music at clubs around the world.

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No Cover: Cumbiagra

Thursday, December 31, 2009

New York's own cumbia band Cumbiagra brought their party to Barbès in Park Slope on November 30. Stream the whole concert here.

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