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Cumbia refers to some musical rhythm and folk dance traditions of Latin America. It is a fast dance rhythm in 2/4 time. Particularly:

  • Colombian cumbia: a musical rhythm and traditional folk dance from Colombia. Influenced by African and Spanish rhythms.
  • Panamanian cumbia, a Panamanian folk dance and musical genre.

The Columbian cumbia has been influential, and there are variations in other Latin-American countries. However, the music literature makes clear that Cuban music,[1] tango,[2] and jazz,[3] have been even more influential.


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  1. Sublette, Ned 2004. Cuba and its music: from the first drums to the mambo. Chicago Review Press. ISBN 1-55652-516-8
  2. Thompson, Robert Farris 2005. Tango: the art history of love. New York: Vintage. ISBN 978-1-4000-9579-7
  3. Roberts, John Storm 1999. Latin jazz: the first of the fusions. New York: Shirmer. ISBN 0-02-864681-9