10 Cumbias That Don’t Suck
Published: November 6, 2013
6 - “Encadenada a Mí”(Los Bukis, Mexico)
If this song doesn’t convince you that Marco Antonio Solís is one of the three greatest living composers in Mexico, nothing will.
7 - “Cumbia Poder” (Celso Piña y su Ronda Bogotá feat. El Gran Silencio, Mexico)
Bogotá my ass. Celso Piña is all Monterrey, and this is arguably the best of many collaborations he did with rockeros.
8 - “Fuego” (Bomba Estéreo, Colombia)
“Champeta, reggae music, cumbia y folclor. ¡C’mon!” Liliana Saumet rap-sings in this instant psychedelic classic. No translation needed.
9 - “Techno Cumbia” (Selena, U.S.A.)
The cumbia is there, but semi-hidden by a mix of reggae and dancehall. Arguably Selena’s most experimental and unTejano track.
10 – “Padre Nuestro” (Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Argentina)
I wish cumbia villera dudes paid more attention to this one to see how it’s done. I know LFC would disagree with me, but I don’t care. It has the same delayed, dragged beat typical of cumbia villera, but the poetry (a desperate love song to God) stays away from clichés and the playing is spot-on.