Label That Fostered Mexican Cumbia Gets Its Own Shout-Out

4/12/2017 - Postdoctoral Scholar in Science and Techonology Studes Alexandra Lippman in the New York Times.

Cumbia has roots in the Afro-Latin culture of Colombia’s Caribbean coast. The Mexican variation is slower and features some instruments, like piano, less popular in South American varieties.

Alexandra Lippman, a cultural anthropologist at the University of California-Davis, compiled “¡Un Saludo!” and said that while the shout-out may seem like a simple act, it has a deeper meaning. “Cumbia fans speak through the sonidero’s voice to shout out their family and recognize villages left behind,” she said. “The sonideros’ voices create a simultaneous sonic presence between Mexico and the United States, between here and there.”

Read the full story in the New York Times.