CUMBIANA is music from heaven, water and earth. Carlos Vives’ new album is itself a journey through the diversity of the world’s happiest music. And, particularly, it is the return to one of the most biodiverse territories on the planet: the territory of the cumbia and the great rivers and swamps of Colombia. On the way through the music of his locality, Carlos discovers the amphibian origin of the most popular musical patterns in Colombia, such as vallenatos, cumbias and porros, those who left the world since time immemorial and returned dressed in modernity, showing the power of diversity, but declaring its American origin like never before. In this album, Carlos brings us ten modern songs built on their bases with amphibian patterns.

The man who gave us back the land of oblivion, this time embarks us on a journey to Cumbiana, the amazing amphibian universe where the origin of the most popular music on the American continent lies. Bagpipes, millions, drums and drums, seeds and new sounds, will make us travel back to the country of the Pocobuyes, the Chimila territory that is delivered to the Caribbean in the great delta of the Río Grande de la Magdalena.

On this imaginary journey it would be interesting to have good headphones to feel the immersive sound, a sensory design of an augmented reality sound experience. This will allow you to enjoy the new sounds that blend brilliantly with the rhythms of percussion and ancient melodies, the result of the union of cultures in this magical territory.

CUMBIANA is a modern album of connections and back and forth songs in which the talent of many artists of music and production in the world is added. The disc was recorded between Colombia, USA, England, San Andrés and Providencia, Spain, Panama, Argentina, Mexico, Canada. Carlos Vives, Martín Velilla and Andrés Leal top the list of producers.

Music figures such as keyboardist Glen Scott and drummer Steve Jordan join Teto Ocampo, Mayte Montero, Tato Marenco, Luis Ángel “El Papa” Pastor, Einar Escaff, Pablo Bernal, Egidio Cuadrado, Delay Magdaniel, Amilkar Ariza, Wilmar Guzmán, Chris Hierro, Roberto Delgado and the Spanish pianist Alfonso Pérez, among others. The production featured the talents of engineers Manny Marroquín in the mix, Dave Rowland, Andy Borda and Harbey Marín. All this worked shoulder to shoulder with the Sony Music Latin A&R team under the direction of Rafa Arcaute and the concept of Carlos Vives for Gaira Música Local and Sony.

The first single that the album began to discover was No Te Vayas, a theme that has remained in the Top 10 of the most talked about and played by radio in countries such as Chile, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Paraguay and Guatemala. In addition, it is # 1 in Panama in its second week and # 1 in Colombia in its sixth week. The video has more than 17 million views on YouTube and, in terms of downloads on platforms, it is exceeding 9 million.

CUMBIANA: “Music from heaven, water and earth”.

Songs list:

1. Sorceress with Jessie Reyez

2. Don’t go (First album release)

3. For Sale with Alejandro Sanz (Second album release and theme that will accompany the Cumbiana premiere).

4. The Thread with Ziggy Marley and Elkin Robinson

5. Song for Rubén with Rubén Blades

6. Raw vitamin

7. The advice of the deceased

8. Rhapsody in A major (For Elena)

9. Cumbiana

10. Zhigonezhi

Listen to it here:
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Description of each song by Carlos Vives:

Sorceress is a song inspired by a powerful woman. This, in particular, is a very mysterious, amphibian, chimilla woman with a deep, completely magical gaze, she knew. It always reminded me of Bachué, that Colombian goddess out of the water. That woman’s spirit becomes real with Jessie Reyez; she is a sorceress and they will feel it in the timbre of her voice, which is equal to her gaze. And, of course, it was because of the ‘Colombian connection’ hahahahaha. ”


“Do not go is a story of love, of conquest, which are the stories that I like the most in the songs. It is a Cartagena sambapalo with vallenatas melodies. It is a love story that ends in front of a fireplace in a house in Bogotá. ”

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“For Sale is the kind of story that marks us men for life. It is betting on love and dying in the attempt; but it leaves us an important lesson: love is not built on the material. It is a broken heart, a puita from Gaita who left the mountains of María to look for Alejandro Sanz over the Guadalquivir, to Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Doñana. They tell me that the gypsies took him over there and sent him with a note addressed to him: To New Andalusia. ”

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“I wanted to make a song from Tayrona that talks about the thread they tie around their wrists, which their younger brothers have with us as a gesture of friendship. I wanted to use magic Arhuaca and kogis words to write a song of love, of brotherhood, of making sure and taking care of ourselves. This song joined the fate of my engagement with the Providence musician, Mr. Elkin Robinson, and the promise of connecting two very different Caribs in origin. A song that brought us an incredible surprise with the arrival of Ziggy Marley and the Jamaican connection. The whole team was deeply affected by this experience, such a union of cultures, listening to Ziggy and Elkin talk about the Sierra, the chimilas, the Rio Grande. The result jumps to the ears. ”

“Canción para Rubén is a love letter to Panama, a song that I wrote for Rubén Blades and right there for the salsa family that unites so many countries, but above all to celebrate that Colombian-Panamanian connection that is very deep and musically very rich with their songs back and forth. Something typical, of the drums, and so it began. Rubén liked it and then marked it in a very particular way. And although of course I wrote it thinking of him, everything that inspired him to do with it left him that indelible stamp of Rubén. ”

“Vitamina en rama is a song inspired by those patterns of popular music, such as porro palitiao and champeta. He has that popular way of saying things, he is very cheerful, but with a message towards the vegetable kingdom. A song with the appearance of a town advertising jingle. There is a New York vocal ensemble in it, they are called “Cover Story DooWop” which gave it an incredible swing. “

“The advice of the deceased is a song built on a drum pattern from our amphibious culture. She is that canoe where I share messages with people, my life lessons, my learning and we talk about the mysteries of life. It is that rhythm that breaks the water with many oars, it is a song from the country of the Pocobuyes. ”

”With a delicate accent she told me to take a seat and at the piano she sat down… She had discovered Queen and she was completely fascinated. In a way, this song is the happiness of a dad who discovers in his daughter the passion for music. I sat down to write and the first thing I did was something like a letter. I looked for a harmony that was like Elena, a melody, an arrangement and some elegant musicians like her. And you will realize that his voice accompanies this song. It’s cumbia, it’s also candombe, but it’s sophisticated like her. ”

“Cumbiana is a dream. It is the thought that accompanies me when I go and return through that amphibious territory; it is a declaration of love for mother Sierra and mother water; it is an intimate cumbia and it is the hope that by dint of thinking and saying it it will become a reality. ”

“He is a pre-Columbian six-eighth. Pre-Columbian? Yes, a little archeology with a music anthropologist like Ernesto Ocampo. The following theory brought us to the study: imagine that Europe has not reached the music of America, without harmonies and without minor tones. This is how a pre-Hispanic ensemble would sound in the era of new sounds. All from a simple Arhuaca flute (one of the best guitarists in Colombia told me that it had taken him four years for his flute to start playing). We call it Zhigonezhi because of the meaning of the word or concept Kogui: help me, I will help you. If we were to make the lost world of the Tayronas for animated films tomorrow, this could definitely be part of their soundtrack. ”

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