Why Shakira loves this African beat

Colombia’s folk beat has African roots.
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Cumbia is a growing staple of Latin American music. Its driving beat can be heard all over the continent, from Argentina to Mexico to the US. Cumbia’s catchy rhythms can be traced back to the villages along the river banks of Colombia’s Rio Magdalena where mostly African and American indigenous musical elements fused together to create a whole new style of music. And cumbia keeps evolving. Today DJs and pop stars are bringing cumbia into the electronic realm. But no matter how much it evolves, it always comes back to Colombia.

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Note: The headline for this video has been updated since publishing.
Previous headline: How this African beat spread through Latin America


About agogo22

Director of Manchester School of Samba at http://www.sambaman.org.uk
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