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Soundway Presents: The Original Sound of Cumbia
Soundway Records
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December 5, 2011

Soundway set sail for Colombia once again, delving deeper into the South American country’s rich musical past. Boasting 55 tracks spread over two CDs and two triple LPs, 'The Original Sound of Cumbia' is Soundway’s definitive guide to the origins of Colombian cumbia and porro and the result of five years pain staking re-search by Will ‘Quantic’ Holland.

Disc 1 tells the story of some the earliest Colombian cumbia recorded, a genre that captured a nation, spreading from its birthplace on the Caribbean coast in land to central Colombia and the capital Bogata. Disc 2 sees the evolution of cumbia. Greats of Colombian music like Alberto Pacheco, Toño Fernandez & Anibal Velasquez brought the genre forward, bringing new influences and instruments to the genre. What had once been considered the music of the underclasses had risen up as the new sound of a nation.

After five years of becoming slowly submerged in Colombian musical culture, learning the accordion, setting up a band and a studio, and scouring the country in search it's recorded legacy, Will 'Quantic' Holland (Quantic Soul Orchestra & Quantic y su Combo Barbaro) has compiled the fruits of his labour into this unique compilation that tells the story of cumbia in the years of the phonograph record's supremacy. Along with good friend and head of Soundway Records, Miles Cletet, Will Holland has condensed hundreds of 78s, 45s and LPs into just over two and a half hours of the finest Colombian cumbia.

REVIEWS “The whole album is simply stunning with a superb track listing” Laurent Garnier

“These CDs put history not in the museum but firmly in the middle of the dancefloor.” The Telegraph – Pop CD of the Week

“It’s a magnificent cumbiapedia.” The Observer

“Joyful tropical madness.” MOJO

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 La Cumbia Está Llamando Gastón (El Isleño) con El Conjunto de Jaime Simanca 2:56 Buy

    La Cumbia Está Llamando

  2. 2 Cumbia del Puerto Conjunto Los Rumberos 2:43 Buy

    Cumbia del Puerto

  3. 3 Judith Lucho Peréz 2:36 Buy


  4. 4 Sembrando Café Alberto Pacheco y su Conjunto 2:49 Buy

    Sembrando Café

  5. 5 Nubia en la Playa Rafeal Yepes Crespo con sus Negros de la Región 2:49 Buy

    Nubia en la Playa

  6. 6 Capital Cebuista Santander Flores 2:57 Buy

    Capital Cebuista

  7. 7 El Pájaro Prieto Ruffo Garrido y su Conjunto 2:47 Buy

    El Pájaro Prieto

  8. 8 La Fullera Conjunto Ritmos del Caribe 2:51 Buy

    La Fullera

  9. 9 San Jacinto Anibal Velasquez Y Su Conjunto 2:59 Buy

    San Jacinto

  10. 10 Montería Orquesta Ritmos de Sabanas 2:50 Buy


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