Cumbia and Vallenato are Afro-Indigenous folk music and dances from Caribbean Colombia that are popular in Mexico and across Latin America. Like all culture, the traditions began as expressions of faith and community in families and small towns.
La Boom in Woodside, Queens; Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens; and ID Studio Theater in Mott Haven; The Bronx are New York City’s current homes of cumbia and vallenato.
Cumbia is coastal folk music and dance from Colombia and Panama. It was popularized in the 1940s by Colombian record companies. Andres Landero (1932-2000) was an early composer who is known as “El Rey de la Cumbia” (The King of Cumbia). Chicha Libre out of Barbès in Park Slope created a psychedelic version of Peruvian cumbia which is a lot of fun.
Vallenato is a Colombian troubadour tradition from the mountain cowboys. Rafael Escalona (1926-2009) was an important early composer. A 1991 Colombian telenovela about his life starred Carlos Vives. Vives fused vallenato and rock which broadened the audience. He is now the icon of modern vallenato. Gregorio Uribe is New York City’s version.
Monday, November 1, 2021 🇨🇴
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 DIEGO OBREGON TRIBUTE FLUSHING TOWN HALL FACEBOOK LIVESTREAM FREE
Saturday, August 7, 2021 SANTA MARTA, Colombia August 7, 1961
Friday, March 13, 2020 BARBÈS: Park Slope, Brooklyn
March 12, 2020 CARNEGIE HALL CITYWIDE DUMBO Archway: DUMBO, Brooklyn FREE
Saturday, March 7, 2020 LEHMAN CENTER Jerome Park, The Bronx – The Colombian salsa legends reprise their hits “Cali Pachanguero,” “Un Aventura” and more
Monday, February 17, 2020 BARBÈS Park Slope, Brooklyn The band led by Venezuelan José Luis Pardo (Los Amigos Invisibles, Los Crema Paraiso) plays their debut album “Psychedelic Disco Cumbia”
Sat, September 14, 2019 SOB’S Hudson Square, NYC – Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a Colombian big band.
TERMINAL 5, HELL’S KITCHEN ~ Wed, December 12, 2018 ~ 2018 Grammy and Latin Grammy nominee is the most popular Colombian electro-tropical band #COLOMBIAN #POP #LIVE MUSIC
October 20 – 21, 2018 Saturday – Sunday ~ Penn Plaza Pavilion Chelsea, Manhattan ~ Taste the richness of Colombian food, art and culture. Explore opportunities to invest in Colombia. Colombians can receive basic consular services from the Colombian consulates of New York and Newark. Vallenato and Cumbia Pop star Gusi headlines. ~ FREE with…
LINCOLN CENTER, Jul 25-Aug 12, 2018, Summer music festival with African, Colombian, Cuban, Ecuadorian, Mexican and Puerto Rican music, dance and word.
SummerStage Queensbridge Park Queensbridge, Queens Thursday, July 12, 2018
African, Chilean, Colombian, French-Canadian & Mexican music, dance and film. Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn June 5 – August 11, 2018 FREE
May 2 – June 8, 2018 MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Latin dance party in Bryant Park. FREE
Guadalupe Inn Bushwick, Brooklyn Saturday, October 28, 2017
Rumsey Playfield Central Park Saturday, July 8, 2017
Colombian music and dance for the entire family Le Poisson Rouge Greenwich Village Saturday, December 3, 2016
Monday, September 24, 2012 BARBÈS Park Slope, Brooklyn One of the early Peruvian psychedelic cumbia bands in the Brooklyn home of psychedelic cumbia