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Portrait of Cumbia Tokeson

Cumbia Tokeson

About Cumbia Tokeson

Oakland, CA

Cumbia Tokeson is a forward-thinking take on cumbia. The band fuses South American chicha, rooted in 70's guitar and psychedelia, mixing grooves of Colombian cumbia and rock with accordion-driven melodies, while adding reggae, funk, punk, and a touch of southern Mexico’s son jarocho. Definitely sweat-inducing dance music!

The band took shape in 2009 as two resident Bay Area groups began collaborating: Texan cumbia punk heroes Fuga and local cumbia band La Colectiva. Starting in the local underground scene, both bands would play everywhere from protest rallies and house parties to clubs. Jam sessions often arose after their individual gigs; the music created: an improvisational mix of cumbia and son jarocho. Out of such jams came a unified sound, and Cumbia Tokeson was born. The band recently released their first recording, Chuchos Vol. 1 which has been well received and can be increasingly heard on local independent radio stations as awareness of them continues to spread.

Cumbia Tokeson continues to build their fanbase, this past year having played with such artists as Celso Piña (Monterrey, Mexico), Bomba Estereo (Colombia), La Santa Cecilia (L.A.), La Chamba (L.A.), Brwn Bflo, Pistolera (NY), Bang Data (S.F.) and Cafe Tacvba's Ruben Albarrans new project Hoppo! In their short existence Cumbia Tokeson has already been invited to share their sound at such places as Viva! Chicago’s Latin Music Festival, Reventonazo (University of Madison), and Chalk the Block (Texas).


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