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1[mass noun] A kind of dance music of Colombian origin, similar to salsa:‘a hot mix of cumbia, salsa, and merengue’
- ‘Named for the corn and yucca beer typically made by Andean Indians, chicha has come to represent a vibrant popular culture of tinny cumbia music, doleful lyrics, bright neon colors, and a peculiar street jargon.’
- ‘This phrase arose among a group of New York City musicians during the late 1970s and early 1980s to explain some important, however unrecognized, similarities in salsa, cumbia, and jazz ensembles.’
- ‘Colombian cumbia and salsa music are popular with young people in urban areas.’
- ‘However, the entrance of a clear cumbia rhythmic pattern played by the guiro, as well as a new rhythmic emphasis provided by the congas in measure 9, reverses our rhythmic interpretation of the introductory passage.’
- ‘Ecuadorans in the costa play a musical style closely related to the coastal Colombian cumbia style, with strong Afro-Caribbean influences.’
- ‘The entertainment includes a variety of musical styles: rock and roll, cumbia, acoustic folk, campesino folk, and a heavy metal band.’
- ‘This band mixes all kinds of sounds and genres, including cumbia, hip-hop, salsa, funk, and space-rock.’
- ‘Most tracks feature accordion, several bounce along on a jaunty Colombian cumbia rhythm, and others evoke the reggae and ska of UK two-tone bands.’
- ‘In this wonderful Cuban-Jamaican take on the genre, you will hear reggae, salsa, Brazilian ritualistic music, Klezmer-style sax, big band brass and little bits of cumbia and son rhythms too.’
- ‘The most popular musical form in El Salvador is the cumbia, a style that originated in Colombia.’
- ‘I didn't know what to expect, so I'd brought funk music, dancehall, house, lots of Latin stuff - salsa, cumbia - disco and '80s stuff.’
- ‘Their dance-able cumbia rhythm demonstrates the way in which her musical ‘entertainment’ conveys didactic and political messages.’
- ‘Now he's handed me a pile of CDs of Argentine and Paraguayan cumbia bands.’
- ‘A typical cumbia is performed with a male singer (usually a high baritone or tenor) backed by a male chorus, drums (primarily kettledrum and bass drum), electric guitar and bass, and either a brass section or an accordion.’
- ‘From the first bars, the strength and vitality - a combination of killer voice and solid cumbia rhythm - are irresistible.’
- ‘The band used to run from cumbia to dub to hip hop and back again all within the space of a single song, but now the change-ups mostly happen between songs.’
- ‘My mother's from Colombia, so I grew up waking up on Saturday mornings with my mom blaring cumbia merengue music, cleaning the house and skipping around.’
- ‘They have taken the technical demands and passion from the past and recast them with subtle chicano influences - the cumbia and conjunto music that they grew up listening to - so they sound fresh.’
- ‘On the coast, the style of music is the cumbia, played with flutes and drums.’
- ‘One style, the cumbia, is written in 2/4 time and performed with a button accordion, drums, maracas, and horns.’
- 1.1[count noun] A dance performed to cumbia.
- ‘Since the late 1980s, the Colombian dance known as cumbia has grown in popularity.’
- ‘Originally from Colombia, cumbia has traditionally been a sickly-sweet, anodyne affair for dancing couples.’
- ‘‘I see you are a woman who knows how to dress herself,’ he purred as we danced a tasty cumbia.’
- ‘Some compared the quebradita dancing style to the Mexican equivalent of dirty dancing, others as a mixture of lambada, cumbia, salsa, flamenco, tango, and the Texas two-step.’
1940s: from Colombian Spanish, perhaps from Spanish cumbé.
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