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Cumbia, My Lord!

By Richard Gehr, Contributor

Cumbia — or, as the supersized Mexican sound systems known as sonideras exalt it, CUUUUUUUMBIA!! — originated in Colombia's Caribbean coastal region and spread throughout Latin America like a benign virus. Arguably the most popular dance music in the world, the varieties of cumbia currently range from tepid by-the-numbers pop to psychedelic jungle music (Peru's cumbia amazonica); there's also the deliberately slowed-down cumbia rebajada from Mexico, the bass-heavy Buenos Aires dance party centered around the… more »