Over at Casa Del Malpas we celebrated Día de los Muertos in style last week – I thought I’d post a mix of some of the tracks that accompanied the evening.
My first proper foray into Mexican and Central American music was a pretty mindblowing experience. There’s some wonderful blogs out there covering specifically this, and they’re well worth checking out.
It has been a while since I’ve encountered a genre of music that is so completely unknown to me. Originating from a traditional courtship dance in Colombia and swiftly spreading across the whole of Central America, Cumbia is some of the most full on party music I’ve ever heard!
“Women playfully wave their long skirts while holding a candle, and men dance behind the women with one hand behind their back and the other hand either holding a hat, putting it on, or taking it off. Male dancers also carried a red handkerchief which they either wrapped around their necks, waved in circles in the air, or held out for the women to hold. Until the mid-20th century, Cumbia was considered to be an inappropriate dance performed primarily by the lower social classes.” more here
The songs in the mix are mainly taken from records put out in Mexico and Colombia during the so-called ‘golden age’ of Cumbia – 1950 to 1975.
To give you a little taste of the evening here’s a photo of a handmade Día de los Muertos skull, one of many made by Faye and Havva :
1. Cumbia en do Menor – Lito Barrientos y Su Orquesta
2. Cumbia – Alfredo Gutierrez
3. Cumbia De Sal – Los Falcons
4. Cumbia Arabe – Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán
5. Cumbia Sampuesana (La Sampuesana) – Chicken Y Sus Comandos
6. Cumbia Mexicana – Desconocido
7. Cumbia Y Guitarra – Los Mirios
8. La Cumbia De Los Cuervos – Juaneco y Su Conjunto
9. El Platanito – Los Dinamicos Del Ritmo
10. El Guamo – Anibal Velasquez
11. El Sucusu-Sucusu – Anibal Y Jose Velasquez
12. Mira Mira (Ella Baila el Pompo) – Los Curramberos de Guayabal with Anibal Velásquez
13. Has Regresado Viejo Amigo – Rodolfo
Download / Listen Here
Cumbia Mix (320k stereo mp3)