#MiércolesDeCumbia from Guatemala to the World

#MiércolesDeCumbia from Guatemala to the World by Rudy Giron

After marimba music, cumbia has been the most popular musical genre in Guatemala. The phenomenonal comeback of Cumbia music in Guatemala is due in part to “Miercoles de Cumbia” or Cumbia Wednesdays started in Guatemala City last year loosely organized through the hashtag #miercolesdecumbia on Twitter, but now you can find #MiércolesDeCumbia as far north as NYC and dozen of photos on Instagram are living proof the phenomena. Of course, in Antigua Guatemala every night is Cumbia nights. 😉

Here’s a summary in Spanish about how the #MiércolesDeCumbia movement began:

… Si bien la democracia nos ha fallado en proporcionarnos igualdad de condiciones, interculturalidad, seguridad y convivencia con la otredad, el divertimento generado a partir de la música cumbia que no tiene cabida en discotecas del mal llamado mainstream, une a todos por igual… Vamos, no hay que ser tan románticos, lo sé. Esto no es sinónimo de que se reducirá la deuda pública, ni que la cumbia espantará a los zetas, o meterá en la cárcel a políticos coches, con el perdón, claro, de los coches. Es simplemente que nuestro golpeado y adolorido país puede darse un respiro, puede sanarse en la pista de baile, aunque sea una noche por mes, y miércoles. Esto me gusta porque descentraliza la diversión del fin de semana… continuar leyendo en Siglo XXI

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  • NYChapin

    si, si, si, si Cuuuuuuuuuuuumbia pal mundo.
    Thanks Rudy, I will put cumbia wednesdays on the agenda for next trip to Guate, but not before my first pieza de marimba pura !
    Chicha Libre and Cumbiagra are two of the local bands of gringo locos playing cumbia around brooklyn and NYC. They have weekly gigs all over town and are lots of fun !

    • Well, NYChapin, I heard the #miercolesdecumbia are very popular in NYC. You should go to the next one and report back to motherland. Remember is the first Wednesday of the month.

      • NYChapin

        sounds good, I’m on it. NYChapin on assigment….