Last night I was invited by my friend Andi (dj vVvA) to join the Global Frequency program at the MIT campus radio station, wmbr 88.1 fm. Together with dj Baby, Dj M Singe, MC Verb, and dj LoneWolf, we played a carefully curated selection of Cumbia Mexicana, including Cumbia Swing, Cumbia Rock, Cumbia Andina Mexicana and Cumbia Sonidera. The following are some of the bands and artists we featured in the program: Rigo Tovar y la Costa Azul, Sonora Margarita, Los Askis, Los Yes Yes, Grupo Soñador, Los Ángeles Azules, Rayito Colombiano, Grupo Kual and Celso Piña. When it comes to Cumbias, I could have made the program last a whole week, non stop.
A link to the audio stream of the whole session is available directly from wmbr. The first three minutes feature some unrelated stuff – like Nirvana and such – I don’t know why. The next 6 minutes feature two Colombian Cumbia classics – Manuelito Barrios (by Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto) and Caiman y Gallinazo (by Lucho Bermudez y su orquesta) – courtesy of dj vVvA, an introductory tribute to the Colombian genre that originated everything.
If you wanna hear my sweet and heavenly voice accompanying my favorite selection of Cumbias right away, I recommend that you skip those nine minutes.