It’s not easy to forget the prejudice confronted by Chicago’s Latine bands and artists who were trying to build relationships with venues and recording studios in the late 90s and early 2000s. I experienced some of it personally as manager for one of those bands. From 2001 till around 2014, I worked with [.DESCARGA.], and […]
If four-on-the-floor club music doesn’t move you, try Dengue Dengue Dengue’s omnivorous tropical fusion.
Chicago-based party incubator and microlabel Buenört Collective release the new album by Spanish band El Sombrero del Abuelo.
“I love that I can share the music that I love, and that once people hear it they’re gonna love it too.”
This week’s featured gig poster was created by local artist Chema Skandal.
Portland trio Sávila explore their Mexican roots through the venerable style of cumbia, which spread among popular big bands in the 1950s and remains a staple of family celebrations and weddings throughout the Americas. Launched in 2016 by guitarist and bass-synth player Fabiola Reyna (founder of She Shreds magazine) and vocalist and percussionist Brisa Gonzalez […]
Last weekend this ambitious festival brought together several generations and even more genres of Latinx music.
CumbiaSazo 1572 N. Milwaukee 773-489-3160 doubledoor.com Hosted by Double Door every fourth Saturday of the month, CumbiaSazo is part live music performance, part dance instruction, and part art exhibit, all dedicated to the musical styles of cumbia and tropical bass. Both genres—rooted in cross-cultural music traditions from South America, Africa, and Spain—continue to grow in […]
Argentine singer La Yegros brings a more traditional cumbia sound to ZKK Records.
New music from Colombian electro-cumbia merchants Bomba Estereo
Music from Ondatropica, a Colombian analog to Cuba’s Buena Vista Social Club
The cumbia gets a stunning facelift from Colombia’s Bomba Estereo, who make their Chicago debut tonight at Rumba.
Mexico’s Nortec Collective, who play the Congress Theater on Saturday, have kept their mix of Norteno and electronic beats surprisingly fresh for nearly ten years.
Argentine cumbia experimentalists Zizek Urban Beats Club–who perform at Sonotheque on Wednesday night–make music so dense with influences it defies the club scene’s apparent imperative to invent a name for every tiny subgenre.