La Cumbiamba eNeYé (Colombia)

Traditional Colombian Music and Dance

“The ensemble’s artistry and verve energized the inauguration of this year’s Latin American and Caribbean programming at Princeton, and set a new standard for PLAS cultural events.” – Deborah Yashar, Director, Program in Latin American Studies, Princeton University

The powerfully rhythmic and melodic Afro-Indigenous-Colombian music of La Cumbiamba NY recreates the traditional open-air Cumbia gatherings known as cumbiambas, the ensemble’s namesake. With traditional instruments such as the indigenous Gaita flutes and the Afro-Colombian drums the group, led by multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator Martin Vejarano, has established itself as one of the finest Cumbia ensembles in the US.
La Cumbiamba performs Gaita Music with its traditional instruments ensemble: Gaitas Y Tambores.

Gaita music was born as a result of the cultural syncretism that took place in the Colombian territory during the years of the Spanish Colony. Musical director Martin Vejarano says “the band’s music features traditional sounds with a contemporary approach, all present in the band’s original repertoire”. Gaita music has a festive and danceable spirit.

La Cumbiamba eNeYe´ has thrilled audiences with recent performances at venues such as Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Central Park SummerStage, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Symphony Space and Riverside Church in New York.
Ensemble: Ensemble I: 5 musicians. Ensemble II: 10 musicians and dancers
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