Why Shakira loves this African African roots in Latin America: 1 day ago   07:38

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Colombia’s folk beat has African roots.
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Cumbia is a growing staple of Latin American music. Its driving beat can be heard all over the continent, from Argentina to Mexico to the US. Cumbia’s catchy rhythms can be traced back to the villages along the river banks of Colombia’s Rio Magdalena where mostly African and American indigenous musical elements fused together to create a whole new style of music. And cumbia keeps evolving. Today DJs and pop stars are bringing cumbia into the electronic realm. But no matter how much it evolves, it always comes back to Colombia.

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Previous headline: How this African beat spread through Latin America

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AlaozarMG
Of course 18 kilates would appear in a minidoc about cumbia
ike eki
i would love to see more episodes like this
bsc27 Squad
cumbia is the Latino blues ..
Jemyx montero
As a music producer Im gratefull u shared this video. Its was so interesting!!!
victor hugo sanchez cordova
1:40 the folkloric full percussion sounds so much better than the modern sinthetized version OOOF I'm glad that traditional cumbia and interesting divergent variants still exists
I've never been a fan of popular consumist quality modern variants(even worse if the quality gets degraded to the point of mispelling the name with k like in mexico) has scarred me over time so badly I shrieked every time the modern sinthetized beat appeared in the video (I'm sorry Colombia still love the traditional variant and prevalent cultural weight of it in the world)
Brandon Zavalza
My mom loves cumbias
Vince g
Thanks for introducing me to Mitre
Giovanny Moreno
0:18 That beat makes me dance!!! IM FROM COLOMBIA 🇨🇴
Nate Daviz
can anyone hook me up with the song at 5:41?
Cecilia W
love this episode!
Jiren DaMacc
Africa ohhhhh!
Wanda Valoni
AHÍ OYERON, EL QUE LES DIGA QUE LA CUMBIA NO VIENE DE COLOMBIA, NO LES COMAN 💛💙❤️
Haveagooddaysir
I like this episode. Wish it was not a white man narrating it
Xitlaly Gomez
What’s the name of bomba estéreo’s song?
Me Games
Selena used that in her music
Deva7
she latina of course she loves this. it's in latina culture like telenovelas and stuff.
Clorox Bleach
And this is why Africans love shakira
Jorge Vargas
Rhythm not beat
Özge Özdemir
an amazing video! congrats
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African roots in Latin America: Why Shakira loves this African 1 day ago   17:42

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This talk illustrates how linguistics and population geneticists have recently managed to reconstruct the precise African roots of descendants of African slaves that were transshipped some 400 years ago from Black Africa to Latin America. The talk focuses on Palenque (Colombia), where special African traditions and an unusual creole language have been preserved to this day.

Professor Schwegler’s research emphasizes the study of Latin America from a linguistic, social, and historical perspective. For three decades, this has led him to explore in depth the precise African origins of Hispanic communities whose roots are found in the transatlantic slave trade. Using population genetics (DNA) research to complement humanistic investigations, his work shows that “lost history” can indeed be reconstructed with precision. To that end, he has traveled widely and afar, and published several books and over 60 research articles

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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