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L.A. Cumbia Festival

featuring Buyepongo, Viento Callejero,
La Chamba and Eduardo Martinez y Su Palo Cuero

Saturday / February 28, 2015 / 7:00pm

Part rock concert, part world music. Homegrown and uniquely urban. The Cumbia Festival features four of L.A.’s newest and hottest working bands who evoke the intricate music history, politics and sensuous soul of the deep cumbia rhythms and give birth to a new musical genre on the streets of Los Angeles. Hand-picked by radio producer Betto Arcos, these Latin indie artists move like the wind through musical worlds with spellbinding offerings of electric and psychedelic surf guitar riffs, salsa, Afro-Latin, reggae, funk and dance inducing cumbia grooves. This unique musical hybrid reflects the parallels that exist in the barrio pulse across Latin America.

Buyepongo (“to cause a ruckus”) fuses merengue, punta and cumbia to create a live and vibrant polyrhythmic sound that draws from traditional roots music of Colombia, Haiti, Belize, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.

Viento Callejero (“street breeze”) with Gloria Estrada, Federico Zuniga and Gabriel Villa break down the rhythmic and melodic pulse of cumbia Colombiana, son montuno, merengue, reggae, dance hall, funk, and rock to create their own sound.

La Chamba (“to put in work”) express the reality of their L.A. working class roots through music. Their audience is as much a part of their performance as they are encouraging and electrifying people to let loose and release their grind on the dance floor.

Eduardo Martinez brings the musical sounds of Africa, Spain and aboriginal cultures with him from his native Cartagena, Colombia. A master of drums and the gaita he gives testament to Cartagena’s oral history through Afro-Colombian music.

4 – 7 pm: Community Marketplace in the Plaza
6:15 – 6:45 pm: Pre-Performance Conversation with Betto Arcos
7 pm: Performance

Los Angeles Cumbia Fest

Aratani Theatre

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC)
244 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012


Meet the Artists