from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Latin-American dance originating among African slave populations on Colombia's Atlantic coast and characterized by short sliding steps.
  • n. Music for this dance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A traditional style of Colombian dance and music, or a piece in this style


American Spanish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish cumbia (Wiktionary)


  • "Walk down one block, and there's a West African beat, a Latin American cumbia, and a Brazilian samba.

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  • "Fuerte Apache" because it was reminiscent of Wild West movies, daily life in there is pretty much like an episode of The Wire; and yet young talent often emerges from within, and bands describe the reality with a hybrid of local musical style cumbia and rap, now known as cumbia villera.

  • But these guys have been putting together some seriously swinging cumbia with Andean flavor, known as cumbia vilera, for the better part of the decade.

    Miami New Times | Complete Issue

  • Music called "cumbia" continues as day turns into night, around barrio corners, from crowded, colorful buses - sound of drum, recorder and a cheese-grater thingy that sounds like maracas when scraped.

    Lea Lane: Covered in Flour! Just Back from Carnaval in Colombia

  • After 10 years of steady touring and recording, the fiercely independent, Austin, Texas-based band has won a following among discerning Latin music fans for their funky take on older music styles such as cumbia, salsa and norteno.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Bomba Estereo and Mexican Institute of Sound, which fuse traditional styles such as cumbia and norte├▒o with electronica, disco, rap and rock.

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  • We are a group comprised of 8 musicians looking for a keyboard player with talent in latin genres such as cumbia, charanga, salsa, merengue and bachata.

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  • It emerged in the 1960s as a musical fusion of Spanish guitar and the rhythms of the island's other popular music, merengue, with heavy influences from several Afro-Latino music genres such as cumbia and plena.

    Examiner California Headlines

  • Young couples, children and the elderly were mainly stuck indoors as restaurants, bars, playgrounds and parks that hold outdoor "cumbia" dances all stayed closed. Breaking News

  • Countless families were devastated at having their long weekend ruined as restaurants, bars, playgrounds and parks that hold outdoor "cumbia" dances all stayed closed.

    Breaking News - The Post Chronicle


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