Why Shakira loves this African How a recording-studio mishap shaped '80s 2 days ago   07:38

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Colombia’s folk beat has African roots.
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Cumbia is a growing staple of Latin American music. Its driving beat can be heard all over the continent, from Argentina to Mexico to the US. Cumbia’s catchy rhythms can be traced back to the villages along the river banks of Colombia’s Rio Magdalena where mostly African and American indigenous musical elements fused together to create a whole new style of music. And cumbia keeps evolving. Today DJs and pop stars are bringing cumbia into the electronic realm. But no matter how much it evolves, it always comes back to Colombia.

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Lady B
In Brazil we have Calypso! And also have accordion.
Steven Witkin
Despacito?
Jaime Barajas
Your title is very misleading cumbia has morphed into a very important cultural piece of Latin America. For you to simply brush aside millions of people across 2 continents is demeaning and ignorant. Cumbia is a Latin American thing, Cumbia is not played in Africa, Europe, or Asia, so for you to say Shakira is in love with an African beat is ignorant.
Jaime Barajas
Cumbia is popular across all Latin american countries.
Bienveillance Blaze
I think that’s in the Go Diego Go themesong
Schnitzel Panic
5:51 Meanwhile in Germany, you can buy Hohner instruments for next to nothing cause nobody wants them :D
A D
Vox can you do o e on sega please?
A D
It's a bit like sega.....
Charlie Escobar
Dude head over to #Guatemala
Kaizer Sose
Long live Afro Latin music!
Que viva la música afrolatina
ItsMoi Moí
Great reporting!
Metallicamilo311
Bless the rain down in Palenque.
Uncle's Lumbago
Ooga Booga
PoniesFIMReturned
6:50 Is that Mexican Keemstar?
Rephrase-then-Erase
jungle mooseek makes rain falls yall
Gab & Maya Backpacking
Cumbia 101: Gracias gringos ;)
MrSivram28
All these instruments are of West African origin not Native American, from the Maracas, drums, flutes etc.. Cumbia is a pure African musical style sang in spanish.
Willie Wright
Great episode!!
Iyerikhon Lauron
Because it sounds good.
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How a recording-studio mishap shaped '80s Why Shakira loves this African 2 days ago   08:30

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Warning: This is an unapologetic ode to gated reverb drums

Here's a Spotify playlist of some of the best gated reverb songs: http://spoti.fi/2vH7ZZL

Over the past few years a general nostalgia for the 1980s has infiltrated music, film, and television. I deeply love those gated reverb drums of the '80s - you know that punchy percussive sound popularized by Phil Collins and Prince? So for my second episode of Vox Pop’s Earworm I spoke with two Berklee College of Music professors, Susan Rogers and Prince Charles Alexander, to figure out just how that sound came to be, what makes it so damn punchy, and why it’s back. 

Correction: At 2:01, a previous version of the video mistakenly said the noise gate only lets frequencies above a certain threshold pass through. We should’ve said “amplitudes” instead of “frequencies.” The error has been rectified.

At 3:45 we noted that plate reverb boxes were made using aluminum. In fact, they were usually made of steel.

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