“Yo me llamo Cumbia” (“My name is Cumbia”) is a documentary that goes in the search of Cumbia’s origins. We're going to identify the geography and history of the rhythm, within which the entire story of the cultural melting pot that ended up creating what today is Latin America.
In over 52 minutes, we’ll know the different versions about the Cumbia’s origin, we want to contribute to the discussion on where and how Cumbia was born, traveling across the geographical locations where (according to research) originated this ancient rhythm. Our main interest is to compile, document and most importantly share the various manifestations around this ancient rhythm, an initiative that hopes to assist in the dissemination and preservation of the Cumbia.
The Cumbia never stops being heard, people from all parts, move to the sound of the bagpipes, millo's flute and the drums... But have you wondered, what is the Cumbia?
Queen of Colombian Cumbia and one of the strongest fountains of influence in Latin American music. Totó La Momposina was born on the island of Mompóx in the Bolívar region of Colombia, making up the fourth generation of musicians. Nobody owns their music like Totó does, she uses this gift to bring her crowds together, and to celebrate the rich, living tradition of intertwined African, Indigenous, and Spanish cultures. Her show is as energetic as her constant laughter, which we were able to experience when we interviewed her, discussing the origins of cumbia, of the sounds and rhythms that emerged from the Caribbean and have made their way all the way to our Latin America.
From the Colombia’s Caribbean hinterlands, roots of the Cumbia, thrive the music of Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto. The sounds of long-tubed gaita flutes, unique drums, and maraca stoke the fire of the cumbia and of other regional dances—the fast-paced puya and porro, the cadential gaita corrida, and the bullerengue. Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto, the senior statesmen of their tradition, are an animated emblem of Colombian nationhood and a resilient fountainhead for some of Latin America’s favorite dance rhythms.