If cumbia began as a form of low-brow Latin American music, then it would be considered even a step lower when accompanied by the organ. If it weren’t for the infectious down tempo – it would be more like listening to music in an ice skating rink.
It nevertheless acts as a good substitute for the accordion. Only an organ could pull off the melancholy sound that is given with these 45’s. On a side note, this sound is very popular in Mexico – especially with the sonideros in Mexico City. More like a hotel lounge acts than anything else – which was probably the case since it would be difficult lugging a huge organ around. Tulio Enrique Leon appears to be Mexican (or his label suggests) – but a great cover song of Colombian Lucho Campillo’s Cumbia Del Monje.
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