Published Oct 04, 2010Cumbia music originated on the Caribbean coast of Columbia, but the genre has since become a worldwide phenomenon. After an explosion of popularity in the mid-20th century, it's now a favourite amongst DJs and electronic artists. This month, a new CBC radio documentary, Yo Soy Cumbia, will study the rise of the genre.
The documentary is part of CBC Radio 2's Inside the Music series, and was made by producer/writer David Dacks and narrator/writer Sergio Elmir.
According to a press release, "Yo Soy Cumbia traces the journey of cumbia from the Caribbean coast of Columbia to become one of the most popular rhythms in the world." In addition to offering history, it examines "how cumbia reflects and adapts to its audiences in Canada and around the world."
It includes interviews with cumbia DJ/producer Uproot Andy (pictured), Psychotropical Orchestra member Mariano Franco, cumbia compilation curator Roberto Ernesto Gyemant and many more.
Yo Soy Cumbia will air on CBC Radio 2 on October 17 at 3 p.m. EST, CBC Radio 1 at 9 p.m. EST, Sirius satellite channel 137 and online.
For the purposes of full discloser, David Dacks and Sergio Elmir are both Exclaim! contributers.