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La Palma

by La Cumbiamba Eneyé

With their densely danceable percussive grooves, punctuated with brass accents, indigenous flute overtones, festive horn lines and gritty guitar riffs, La Cumbiamba NY invites listeners to join their celebration of Colombian culture
Genre: Latin: Cumbia
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1. Avión de Papel
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2. Sombrerito Blanco
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3. La Melcocha
4:13 $0.99
4. Cuero
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5. La Luna y el Currulao
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6. Pensar
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7. El Loro y la Lora
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8. Carambantúa
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9. Golpe e Chacara
3:08 $0.99
10. La Palma
3:19 $0.99
11. Siempre Llega
2:39 $0.99
12. Pie Pelao
5:13 $0.99
13. El Indio
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14. Golpe de Chácara
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15. La Negra
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16. Los Bajoneos del Rio
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Album Notes
This latest release from La Cumbiamba NY is a DOUBLE album. It contains 2 CD's: the first CD features the big band format, and the second CD features the traditional format.

“These are a bunch of young guys from Colombia that are now living in Brooklyn - from the first time I heard them, I continue to think they're one of the hardest rocking bands in New York, period.”
- Marc Ribot for

“The Players in La Cumbiamba NY are from Colombia, but the band’s Martini-glass-eye view of traditional Colombian music proves that it has made peace with settling in Gotham”
- TimeOut New York

“Multiple styles of Colombian cumbia - porro with wooden flutes, brassy, big-band cumbia - have been happily
transplanted to New York by La Cumbiamba NY.”
- Jon Pareles, The New York Times

“The ensemble’s artistry and verve energized the inauguration of this year’s Latin American and Caribbean programming at Princeton, and set a new standard for PLAS cultural events.”
- Deborah Yashar, Director, Program in Latin American Studies, Princeton University

“The big band grabbed the audience from the outset, moving hearts - and, ore importantly, feet - throughout the night. Layers of vocals, bongos, snares, brass and bass filled Webster Hall with joy. There was a lot of dancing and smiling, to say the least.”
- Bob Boilen, NPR Music

Capturing the inclusive spirit of the outdoor parties that take place in Colombia, known as “cumbiambas”, this ensemble revives several distinct Colombian/South American musical genres by reworking these traditions within a contemporary cosmopolitan sonic context. While founded by percussionist, arranger/composer Martín Vejarano and a group of Colombian musicians based in New York City, the band also develops its sounds and influences beyond their native country as they include members from diverse backgrounds such as the Middle East, Europe and the United States. As a testimony of their traditional, contemporary and cosmopolitan approach to Colombian music, the band has recently released a double album entitled "La Palma" where entirely traditional formats contrast harmoniously with the powerful large band format and features "as good as it gets" collaborations with greats such as Marc Ribot (guitar legend), Lucia Pulido (Colombian singer) and King Gully (Jamaican rapper). All these opulent mixtures take place in "La Palma". Still, the band keeps its characteristic sound which has made it one of the most reliable and successful dance party ensembles in New York City's music scene as well as the in the east coast.

La Cumbiamba NY performs in a variety of formats, including an 11-piece band, the traditional Gaitas y Tambores sextet, and a Marching band quartet/quintet. Throughout the years, "eNeYé" has performed shows and taught master classes on Colombian Music in some of the most renowned venues and institutions in the US, such as Summer Stage at Central Park, Lincoln Center Out Doors, Princeton University and Columbia University. They have also collaborated with artists such as Marc Ribot, Dan Zanes, Lucia Pulido and Marta Gomez. Some of these new sounds have been documented in their second production, the double CD, "La Palma".

La Cumbiamba NY performs concerts and workshops with traditional instruments and sounds from the Indigenous cultures, the European and African Diasporas as well as the mestiza/criolla culture of Colombia. All of which are blended together to create the traditional musical styles that developed throughout the colonial era and continue to evolve “eNeYé” has the range of versatility to perform and tour in a variety of formats, from a brass & percussion quartet/quintet, to an 11 -piece band and a traditional Gaitas y Tambores ensemble.

La Cumbiamba NY’s approach to music is investigative. However, from the styles, genres, rhythms, and melodies explored, the group is inspired to create new arrangements and entirely new compositions, which although traditionally influenced, have eclectic characteristics in texture, harmony and rhythm. This aspect of La Cumbiamba NY can be seen as the result of being a New York born and based group, where interactions and continuous contact with musicians from different places around the world generate new possibilities.

Initially, La Cumbiamba NY began performing a repertoire of cumbia related rhythms outdoors in different public areas of New York City. Given these circumstances, “eNeYé” adopted its denomination of ‘cumbiamba’ from the cultural vocabulary of the northwestern Caribbean coast in South America. In Colombia, ‘cumbiamba’ is a familiar word, which carries the meaning of an outdoors celebration with live cumbia music, or the bands that perform in such events. La Cumbiamba NY evokes this lively atmosphere with every performance, and has also extended them into different cultural venues throughout the city and beyond.



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