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Why Cumbia Is the Musical Soul of Mexico City

DispatchZoe MendelsonLaurence Philomene

In Mexico City, cumbia blares out of buses, pharmacies, construction sites, and fancy mezcalerías alike. My Mexican husband once asked me if I knew his country’s national anthem, and I started singing the inescapable, melodramatic, exaggeratedly nasal “Cómo Te Voy a Olvidar” by the megapopular Mexico City cumbia group Los Ángeles Azules. He agreed that my version was a solid stand-in. 

Cumbia has been called the “musical backbone of Latin America” (NPR). It’s a genre of music with a wide range of styles and sounds, unified by its quick-quick-slow rhythm. Maybe you’ve never heard of it, but you’ve most likely heard it and thought it was salsa, or maybe reggaeton. It frequently borrows from and lends to both.

Los Ángeles Azules are a popular Mexican cumbia sonidera group founded in the 1980s.

Cumbia’s origins are in the music of African slaves brought to the north coast of Colombia. The music was originally played with African drums, mixed with indigenous instruments like flutes and maracas. When cumbia made its way to Mexico in the 1940s, it started to get orchestrated with wind instruments. It mixed with other tropical music like danzón and rumba. And then it completely exploded; Mexico went loco for cumbia.

“I think people identified with it because it was working people’s music. Cumbia is a tribute to liberty. You feel it in your body,” says Marisol Mendoza, a cumbia historian, cultural producer, sonidera (cumbia DJ), and founder of Las Musas Sonideras, a popular women’s sonidera collective. By the 1960s there was such a demand for cumbia in Mexico that record-sellers would travel to Colombia and bring vinyls back “like music traffickers,” says Mendoza. 

“It was working people’s music. Cumbia is a tribute to liberty.” 

“And once we sonideros would buy them, we would cover up the album titles and artist names to make the music we had exclusive,” says Ricardo Mendoza, a famous sonidero, star of the film Yo No Soy Guapo, and Marisol’s father.

“I feel bad we didn’t support the artists more now. But still, Colombians who played cumbia started coming to Mexico to further their careers. This was their trampoline.” 

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Marisol’s hypothesis is that cumbia wasn’t selling as well in Colombia because it was a traditional, regional music. “It was like mariachi here. People didn’t think it was cool. In Mexico we made it danceable, singable, marketable. We put it in our fichera movies, our cabarets. And it became associated with the barrios.” 

By the 1980s, there were huge outdoor cumbia parties called sonidos in the streets; Ricardo started one called Sonido Duende in 1975, and it became one of the most famous in the city.  “They would set up under overpasses, close the streets off with vinyl signage, and charge 10 pesos,” remembers Marisol. “They happened early. By 10 p.m. we’d be going for a torta.”

Sadly, by the 1990s Mexico City police were shutting them down, often violently, in full riot gear. “We called them robocops,” says Marisol. But cumbia never lost its popularity. It kept growing and morphing, giving and taking from other musical styles, and spreading through Latin America. 

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Now there’s chicha from Peru, villera from Argentina, wepa from San Luis Potosí in Mexico, electrocumbia from everywhere, and an endless supply of other localized and international styles of cumbia. In most new Mexican cumbia, Ricardo explains, “you can still hear remnants of Mexico’s original contributions to the genre: trumpets, synth, keyboard.” 

In Mexico City today you can find live cumbia in dance salons, bars, and public parties like the ones at market anniversaries and outdoor church fairs. You usually hear a mix of cumbias from early classic to electro, depending on the DJ.

There are very few generalizations you can make about what it’s like to go dance cumbia, except that people actually ask one another to dance, and not with the end goal of eventually making out. Otherwise the contexts differ widely.

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Sonido Gallo Negro is a cumbia band that plays around Mexico City and demonstrates the various styles the genre can take.

While it has always been and is still a working-class people’s music, in the last ten years it’s taken on a new status as part of Mexico’s cultural heritage. In February 2020, the López Obrador administration’s Secretary of Culture even released a statement saying that they were planning a series of activities and programs to promote sonideros in Mexico City.

Now, Las Musas Sonideras don’t only play clubs and parties. They also play at museums, cultural centers, and art week events where gringos in fancy clothes stand around looking amazing and not dancing, while Marisol makes fun of them in Spanish over the mic: “I think I’m the only person in here that speaks Spanish!” 

The first time Marisol played at the hipster bar La Chicha in La Roma, her friend said, “Really, you’re going to send saludos here?!” Saludos refers to when the sonideros shout out the names of dance groups that come to see them, the people they know, the people who they wish were there but aren’t, their barrios, and any name that someone writes on scrap paper and hands to them over the DJ booth. It’s a sonido staple. Her friend pointed out that the venue represented a new context for Marisol’s medium. “It’s a new public that’s showing up to see Marisol,” Ricardo agrees. 

Still, Marisol always sends saludos. Even if you scribble down 17 names in barely legible handwriting on a napkin, like my husband does. She will send them all out for you.

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Live cumbia band at Salón Los Angeles.

Where to Dance Cumbia in Mexico City

Foro Hilvana

This place feels like a community center, with bright lights and lots of space to dance. It is uninterested in being cool. There are fans blowing cool air, the alcohol is reasonably priced, and everybody dances. Check their Facebook page to see when cumbia bands are playing. 

La Hija de Los Apaches

This place is a grimy, crowded, sweaty pulquería. (Pulque is a very nutritious and delicious but sort of mucus-like pre-Hispanic alcoholic beverage.) Tuesday nights from 6:30–9:00 they have an amazing house cumbia band. 

Club San Luis

This is a formal dance salon and not-so-former fichera club, which means that yes, some of the women you see around you may be getting paid to…dance. Don’t wear shorts or bring a backpack. Do bring an ID. You have to get a table, and the drinks are not cheap. But the interior is gorgeous: all red velvet, straight out of the ’70s, and the live bands play a mix of salsa, rumba, and cumbia all night every night except Sunday. 

Salón Los Angeles

Their slogan is “If you haven’t been here, you haven’t been to Mexico.” And it’s kind of true! A proper dance salon, the crowd is mostly in their 50s and 60s. You can get a glimpse of Mexico’s pachucos—suit-wearing dance groups—and learn to dance from the real OGs. 

Cumbia on Facebook

Another way to find cumbia is to follow sonideros and cumbia bands on Facebook. Here are a few that frequently play shows around the city:

—Las Musas Sonideras (DJs)
—Sonido Gangster (DJ)
—Sonido Confirmación (DJ)
—Sonido Gallo Negro (live band)
—La Guadalupe Reyes Cumbia Orquesta (live band)
—Son Rompe Pera (live band)

A version of this story originally appeared in issue 12 of Here Magazine, where we also explored the punk scene in London and the underground hip hop culture of Tokyo.  

How to learn to dance twerk - Lifehacker

November 21, 2020LikbezSports and fitness

The size of the priests does not matter!

Iya Zorina

Author of Lifehacker, athlete, Candidate Master of Sports



Twerk is just a super sexy dance that will pump your plasticity, and at the same time load your abs and back muscles well. To begin with, we will learn a few basic movements, and then we will diversify the dance vocabulary and analyze the main mistakes. And at the end you will find a bonus in the form of a playlist with suitable music.

If you have problems with your lumbar spine, exercise with caution, or better yet, consult your doctor.

Learn how to do basic elements

Booty pop back

Stand with your feet wider than shoulder width, toes slightly apart. Bend your knees and place your hands on your hips, turning them inward with your fingers, bend your lower back.

From this position, twist the pelvis down, and then, due to the deflection in the lower back, return it to its original position. Imagine that you are trying to reach the top of your head with your pelvis.

It is important to fix the upper back and work only on the lower back. You can not strain the gluteal muscles, otherwise the movement will turn out to be clamped.

If difficulties arise, try the lead-in exercise first. Place your hands on your hips so that your middle fingers rest on the protruding bones of the pelvis in front, and your thumbs - behind, closer to the sacrum. Bend your knees, move your pelvis down and then up, controlling the movement with your hands.

When you feel more confident, remove your hands and connect the movement with your knees. When the pelvis goes down, the knees bend, when it rises, they unbend. No need to lock the knees at the extreme point, they should remain slightly bent.

The pelvis moves back not only due to the straightening of the knees. The lower back must work.

Front booty pop

This movement is very similar to the previous one, only the emphasis is on pushing the pelvis forward rather than backward.

Stand with your feet wide and point your toes slightly out. You can put your hands on your hips to better feel the tilt. At the same time, bend your knees and sharply move your pelvis forward so that your butt goes down, and then bend your lower back and bring your pelvis back.

The emphasis is on the first phase of the movement, when the butt goes down. It is important at this moment not to pinch the buttocks, but to change the position of the pelvis due to the tension of the abdominal muscles.

Try other twerk moves


This element repeats the usual booty pop, only the movement of the pelvis in it is double: down-down, up-up.

Suffle twerk

Stand with your feet wider than shoulder width. At the same time, turn one leg with your toe and knee out and transfer your weight to the opposite thigh. Then, with a small jump, switch sides.

First try to move slowly to get the point, then speed up. Jump relaxed.

Up down twerk

Arch your lower back and push your pelvis back. On the count of “one”, simultaneously round the lower back, bringing the pelvis forward, bend the knees and bring the shoulders forward. On the count of "two", bend your lower back and take your ass back in a semi-squat.

On the count of three, straighten your knees, round your lower back, and roll your shoulders forward. On the count of four, arch your back in the thoracic region, straightening your shoulders.

It turns out that at the lower point you bend in the lower back, and at the top - in the chest.


To feel the movement, start slowly. Place your feet shoulder-width apart, place your palms opposite the pelvis. In turn, touch the palms with one or the other bone of the pelvis. Accelerate gradually.

You can wobble while standing upright or bent over. Practice slowly bending over and back up as you move. Important: you should not pinch, otherwise stiffness will occur and no shaking will work.

Zig zag

Get into a twerk stance, lower your right thigh first, then your left thigh. Then, one by one, lift them up to their original position. At first, perform the elements slowly, with fixation at each point, and then gradually accelerate.

You can do this movement a little higher. In this case, start with a stance on straight legs in an incline. In the same way, lower the right and left hips in turn, bending the knees, and then raise the hips, straightening the legs.

Stripper shake

Rise up on your toes and turn your heels in and out a little. Arch your lower back, try to relax your hips as much as possible.

This element can be performed in a straight position or bent over, moving both legs at once, or one at a time.


Stand with your feet slightly wider than your shoulders, point your toes forward, tilt your body and rest your hands on your hips. Rotate your pelvis, lowering and raising it as you go.

You can do this either in a bent over position on your hips or standing up.

Happy twerk

Start in a twerk position with your toes pointing forward. Do one regular booty pop in place, then another with the toes and knees turned out to the sides, and then the next one with them returning to a straight position.

Continue turning your toes and knees out and back, tilting your pelvis as you move.


Place your feet shoulder-width apart, rise on your toes. Pull your pelvis back a little. Move quickly from foot to foot, trying to relax your buttocks.


Raise your right leg to the side, turn it with your toe and knee inward. From this position, simultaneously transfer the weight to the left thigh and turn the raised leg with the toe outward. Return your foot to the floor and repeat on the other side.

Try moving in other positions

Twerk can be danced not only while standing, but also while squatting, on all fours and even upside down on your hands, with your feet supported against the wall. Try different positions - this will help diversify your dance.


This is the same booty pop, only squatting. If you don't have enough stretch to move freely in a deep squat, work on your hip mobility first.

Offset to one side

Good stretch is also required for this option. Otherwise, you will not be able to relax and move freely.

On all fours

First practice the standing element to get used to it. Raise one leg on the toe, turning it with the knee outward and at the same time leaning on the opposite thigh. Then smoothly switch sides.

Now place your palms on the floor, arch your lower back, bend your knees and lift your heels off the floor. Perform a familiar movement in a new position.

This is enough to get you started. Try, combine the movements with each other and, if something fails, correct the mistakes.

Understand why you don't succeed

There are three main reasons why instead of twerking you get some bullshit. And the size of the priests has nothing to do with it.

1. You lack flexibility

To twerk well, you must have good mobility in the lumbar spine and hips. If flexibility is lacking, you can improve it by doing stretching exercises.

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2. You work your upper back and shoulders

All basic movements require arching in the lower back. It is due to the lower spine that you feed the pelvis back and forth. But if during booty pop you bend in the thoracic spine and connect your shoulders, the movement will not look like a twerk.

3. You're too tight

This is probably the biggest beginner's mistake, which results in a tight, wooden pelvic movement instead of sexual shaking.

Don't push yourself too hard, relax your buttocks and thighs, shake off tension from your arms and shoulders. All elements should be carried out easily and without clamps. The best way to relax and feel the movement is to turn on the music.

Pick up the music

We found a cool audio compilation that makes you want to dance to and not stop. The description on YouTube has the names of all the tracks.

And another big selection, this time from Yandex.Music. There are some great tracks too, and some of them are pretty slow paced so you can learn the moves in a relaxed and casual way.

Write in the comments how your twerking is going. It turns out?

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Where did El Jarabe Tapatio come from?

Where did El Jarabe Tapatio come from? It originated as a courtship dance in Guadalajara, Jalisco, in the 19th century, although its elements are derived from the Spanish zambra and jabber gitano that were popular during the viceroyal days. The dancers traditionally wear the Chinese poblana and the male dancers dress like charros.

When was Jarabe Tapatio invented? Originally written by Jesús González Rubio in 1924, the song picks up its tempo as the steps and storyline of the dance intensify. The tapatio jarabe dance is a Mexican folk art that recalls the sense of national identity nurtured by post-revolutionary efforts to unite and celebrate their traditions and culture.

What is the Jarabe Tapatio dance? Jarabe Tapatio (Mexico's national dance)

Choreography, better known in the US as the Mexican hat dance, is a courtship between a man and a woman at a party. She initially rejects his attentions, but eventually accepts his offers.

How did folk ballet come about? According to Gabriela Mendoza-Garcia, dance specialist, choreographer and artistic director from Laredo, Texas, folklorico has its roots in the ceremonial and social dances of the indigenous peoples of Mexico. When the Spanish conquistadors arrived, they brought their music and dances with them.

Where did Mexican dancing come from?

Mexican dance is a mixture of Amerindian, European and African influences. Its roots can be traced back to the time when the dance was used as a way to propitiate the Mayan and Aztec gods. In fact, Concheros, also known as Aztecas or Mexicas, is the oldest dance in the history of the country.

Why was Jarabe Tapatio banned?

Soon after this performance, the jarabe was banned by the colonial and religious authorities, as it was considered morally offensive and a challenge to Spanish control of the territory.

What does Tapatio mean in English?

Tapatio is a Mexican Spanish colloquial term for a person from downtown Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco, Mexico's second largest city. It is also used as an adjective for anything related to Guadalajara or the highlands of Jalisco.

Why is the Mexican hat dance popular?

The Mexican hat dance or jarabe tapatio is a very common dance and is often considered the national dance of Mexico. One of the main reasons for his popularity is that he celebrates courtship. Initially, a man invites his partner to an intimate dance.

Which country is famous for mambo?

Originating in Cuba in the 1930s, the Mambo is popular all over the world in both social and competitive dancing. Mambo is a ballroom crowd favorite due to its high energy levels and infectious rhythms. The mambo dance originated as a mixture of Afro-Caribbean and Hispanic cultures.

What is the name of the Mexican dancer?

Both jarabe tapatio and mariachi have their roots in the state of Jalisco; people who live near Guadalajara, the state capital, are known as Tapatios. The image of the Haliscan woman creating intricate patterns with the movement of her skirt has become a hallmark of Mexican dance.

Who invented folklore?

On Saturday, the choreographer Amalia Hernandez, who created the famous folklore ballet and turned the dance troupe into a traveling ambassador of Mexico's cultural wealth for nearly half a century, passed away.

Why do people dance Folklorico?

Ballet Folklórico is best known for promoting regional dances and incorporating traditional Mexican clothing and Mexican folk music into their acts. This last dance is rooted in Mexican culture and developed from the tradition of the charreria.

What are Mexican dance skirts called?

Folcorico, the name used for the traditional dance, requires intricately designed costumes that allow the performers to move through their full range. Dresses worn by women have very long puffy skirts.

Mexican cumbia?

Cumbia rhythms are as emblematic of Mexico as tacos, cakes and tequila, but this musical style originated in Colombia before crossing borders and continents to the north. It was in Mexico that the cumbia became the cumbia sonidera, an offshoot of this highly danceable musical style.

What is the most famous Mexican dance?

Jarabe is considered the "national dance" of Mexico and is best known outside the country, often referred to as the "Mexican hat dance" in English.

Mexican hat dance is copyright free?

Mexican Hat Dance Jarabe Tapatio is an ideal royalty free audio track for any project that requires an acoustic, advertising or animation audio tune.

Is the Mexican hat dance a folk dance?

Mexican hat dance, a popular Mexican folk dance, a variation of jarabe (qv).

What are the 2 meanings of the word tapatio?

Even their name pays homage to their Mexican culture. “Tapatio is actually made up of two words: “Tapa” means “upper” and “Tilo” means “uncle”. “It is actually a nickname given to people from our home state of Jalisco in Mexico. Very often you can hear how women are called "tapatias" and men - "tapatios". '"

What does Jalisco mean in Spanish slang?

(very informal) adjective (Central America, Mexico) plastered (very informal) ⧫ stoned (very informal)

Why is it called tapatio?

People call the inhabitants of this town "Tapatios". The word tapatio comes from the Nahuatl word "tlapatiotl". This word means "worth three". The open market (flea market) of Guadalajara used to trade three items for three items.

What are Mexican traditions?

Mexican customs and traditions. There are a number of traditional holidays and celebrations that are unique to Mexico. Día de los muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday that combines pre-Hispanic spirituality and post-conquest Catholicism in equal measure. The Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 1st. Days before November.

Who made mambo famous?

Mambo was made popular by the Cuban musician Perez Prado and developed in the 1940s as a marriage between a son and a swinger.

Mambo salsa?

If we are talking about club salsa and club style mambo, the only difference is that salsa can be danced on any beat, while in mambo the break step is on the second beat of the measure.

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