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2:49 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Cumbia: The Music That Moves Latin America

Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd—hosts of NPR's ongoing series on Latin alternative music—recently stopped by for an episode of Weekend Edition to discuss the history and far-flung influence of cumbia, a syncopated style of music and dance that ranges from the traditional to the Top 40 (you can hear cumbia's influence on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' chart-topping "Thrift Shop.) You can listen to the piece here, along with a handful of song selections that illustrate the various flavors of cumbia. 

Dancers move to cumbia during a Carnival parade in Barranquilla, Colombia in Feb. 2012.
Credit Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images

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