Cumbia The Folk Music of Colombia

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Cumbia the Folk Music of Colombia For Colombians, Cumbia is the best representation of our three ethnic backgrounds such as Colombian Indigenous, Africans and Spanish. Each culture brought its own language, corporal expressions, and passion. Cumbia was the product of history of pain and humiliation in the colonization time. In this paper, I will to share with you the importance of Cumbia music as an expression of culture and national pride for Colombians. Cumbia is a dance that evokes legendary ancestors, that has been passed from generation to generation. In order to understand the topic, it is important that you know about Colombia’s geographic location, in this way you will learn how our ethnic was formed. The Republic of Colombia is located in the northwestern region of South America, bordering to the east with Venezuela and Brazil, to the south with Ecuador and Peru, to the North West with the Pacific Ocean and Panama, to the North with the Caribbean Sea. Cartagena known as the Heroic city is located on the North of Colombia. It was founded in 1533 By Don Pedro de Heredia a Spanish conquer. Due to its excellent geographic location, from this time Cartagena became the most important ports in South America. Where African slaves arrived from Spain and Africa and they were sold in Colombia and South America. Cumbia was originated in the 16th century and the Native Indigenous people such as the Koquis and the Kuna as well as the African slaves and Spanish contributed to its development. Cumbia was a dance that began secretly at nights between them. Therefore, the contribution of Africans was the name. According to Dana Griffin in her article Origins of Colombia Dancing states, “Cumbia’s name comes from the Guinean word Cumbè (fe... ... middle of paper ... ...a según La Totó La Momposina." YouTube. YouTube, 22 July 2013. Web. 23 Mar. 2014. . "Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto y su música folclórica." Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto y su música folclórica. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2014. . Los Gaiteros De San Jacinto, Un Grammy a La Tradición." Semana. Semana.com, 9 Nov. 2007. Web. 26 Mar. 2014. Tenenboem, Jacob. "Maracas." Maracas. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. . The Untold Afro-Colombian Stories of Colombia's Caribbean Coast." Girl Unstoppable RSS. EKUA, 11 Nov. 2013. Web. 27 Mar. 2014.Wade, Peter. "Origen Myths." Music, Race & Nation: Música Tropical in Colombia. Chicago: University of Chicago, 2000. Print.

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