I've been listening to a lot of cumbia sonidera in the early days of 2023. It's a style of music from Mexico, where the listeners and dancers want their cumbia played hard and slow: 80 to 90 beats per minute.
The genre got started when DJs accidentally or intentionally slowed down cumbia recordings from Colombia, Peru and other parts of South America. The first Mexico City band to play cumbia sonidera live was called Super Grupo Colombia (SGC), which featured several members of the Pedraza family of San Juan de Aragón, a small town that's now part of Mexico's sprawling Distrito Federal.
Ángel Pedraza, the son and nephew of SGC's founders, has his own band called Grupo Kual? (yes, the question mark is part of their name) who have a new album out now. You'll hear a track from it this week on Global A Go-Go, plus some more examples of cumbia sonidera.
Also this week (Sunday January 29, 1:00-3:00 PM on WRIR, for two weeks afterwards at wrir.org/listen, check your local listings for airing on other radio stations, and any old time at my podcast site): three new reggae singles; more chicha from the Peruvian jungle; a tribute to Zimbabwean feminist pioneer Stella Chiweshe, who passed away on January 20; Afrobeat with a political bent; and some blazing Malian Wassoulou rock.
All the podcasts: radio4all.net/series/Global%20A%20Go-Go
Artist | Country | Song | Recording | Label | Year
Oliver Lake | USA | Separation | Matador Of 1st & 1st | Passin' Thru | 1997
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros | England UK | Global A Go-Go | Global A Go-Go | Hellcat | 2001
Don Letts | England UK | Outta Sync | Outta Sync - Single | Cooking Vinyl | 2023
Tarrus Riley | Jamaica-USA | Desperate Lover | Desperate Lover - Single | VP | 2023
Dionne Reid | England UK | Boom | Love Nuh Easy Riddim | Boomrush Productions | 2022
Grupo Kual? | México | One More Time (feat Lila Downs & Akil Ammar) | Konexiones | Discos Rolas | 2022
Los Dinners | Costa Rica | Sampuesana | Saturno 2000: La Rebajada De Los Sonideros 1962-1983 | Analog Africa | 2022-1965
Héctor Guerra | Bolivia-Spain-México | La Cumbia Callejera (feat Alberto Pedraza) | Desde El Infierno | Kasba Music | 2018
Grupo Kual? | México | La Kumbia En La Playa | Un Saludo! Mexican Soundsystem Cumbia In LA | Dutty Artz / Songs From Home | 2008
Money Chicha | USA | Lamento En La Selva | Echo En México | Vampisoul | 2016
La Mermelada | Perú | Fatalidad | La Rica Mermelada | Discos Horóscopo | 1982
Chacalón Y La Nueva Crema | Perú | Soy Provinciano | Chicha Popular: Love & Social Political Songs From Discos Horóscopo 1977-1987 | Rebel Up | 2022-1979
Los Zheros | Perú | Selva Virgen | Perú Selvatico: Sonic Expedition Into The Peruvian Amazon 1972-1986 | Analog Africa | 2022-1975
Los Invasores De Progreso | Perú | Selva Mía | Selva Mía | Discos Fantástico | 2022-1984
Stella Chiweshe | Zimbabwe | Chachimurenga | Ambuya? Zimbabwe's Queen Of The Mbira | Globe Style | 1987
Stella Chiweshe | Zimbabwe | Ndikafa | Ambuya! | Piranha | 2021-1988
Migmafrica | Canada-Senegal | Run Buffalo Run | Run Buffalo Run - Single | Nikamo Musik / Disques Passeport | 2023
Ireke | France | Petit à Petit (feat Agnès Hélène) | Petit à Petit (feat Agnès Hélène) - Single | Underdog | 2023
Eparapo | England UK-Nigeria | Who Invented Black And White? | Black Lives Matter / Who Invented Black And White? - Single | Wah Wah 45s | 2020
Seun Kuti & Black Thought | Nigeria-USA | African Dreams (remix) | African Dreams | SKE80 | 2022
The Souljazz Orchestra | Canada | Mista President | Freedom No Go Die | Do Right! Music | 2007
Orchestra Gold | USA-Mali | Dia Ye Banna | Medicine | self-released | 2023
Super Djata Band De Bamako | Mali | Zani Djabaté | Authentique 81 | Disco Rama | 1981