Colombian neo-traditionalist ensemble La Cumbiamba eNeYé performed a rousing show at Barbès earlier this month. Stream the entire 70-minute set here and check out a slideshow from their gig at GlobalFest 2010.
Before You Press Play
Hometown: New York
The Facts: Co-founder Martín Vejarano took the name La Cumbiamba from a festival in northwest Colombia where celebrants build a gigantic bonfire and dance the night away. The band includes many Colombians who aim to take the traditional music from the Pacific and Caribbean coasts and infuse it with a modern sense energy. The band made a name for itself at this year’s GlobalFest at Webster Hall.
The Sound: Flutes and hand drums combine for hypnotic rhythms, while Vejarano’s call-and-response vocals stir up the crowd.
Latest Release: Marioneta (2006)
He Said, She Said: "Multiple styles of Colombian cumbia — porro with wooden flutes, brassy big-band cumbia — have been happily transplanted to New York City by La Cumbiamba eNeYé, whose traditionalism extended to having its singers join a long, circling line dance with the crowd." – Jon Pareles, The New York Times
"[T]he big band grabbed the audience from the outset, moving hearts — and, more 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