Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Andres Landero "Grandes Cumbias de Andres Landero"
I'm a born and raised Tejas boy and proud. Tejas is Mexico. Always will be. So, this popularity of cumbia is great. I love the fact that it's creeping into American dance music. Some DJ friends of mine throw a monthly dance party in Austin, Tx. that brings out chingos of kids and they all love to get down to those infectious latino jams. Now just because you hear that triplet on a guiro, it does not always mean its a cumbia and there are many variations of cumbias depending on which region you look at in Latin America. Let's go to the source, Columbia. Andres Landero plays one of the traditional forms of cumbias. Its not stylized with big brass sections and tail coats. Its raw. Its playful. Its from the land. His accordion style is erratic with some minor dissonances. This particular style is classified as vallenato, which means from the valley. Although Landero never achieved the amount of success as other vallenatos of his day, his popularity rises with time and trends and is now considered a legend.