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The “Rumbahton” of El Timbre

This June, El Timbe caters to summer parties with his new Rumbahton EP. The lovechild of rumba and moombahton, El Timbe mixes rumba tracks with reggaeton and house beats. He’s got a cool, original sound that shouldn’t be missed.

Los Amaya – Bailadores (El Timbe Remix) by el timbe

El Timbe is not the only one fusing genres. Digging into the archives of the past few years, we find cumbiathon, another fusion sub-genre that also shares moombahton as a common ancestor. In continuing to broaden its horizons, the nu-cumbia scene produces more cumbiathon and like sub-genres. Artists mix cumbia with more cumbia, cumbia with electro, and cumbia with other genres, such as rumba. And so are born styles like the featured rumbahton, one of many of the contemporary offsprings of traditional music.

Check out this 12-minute mix to get a feel for cumbiathon:


Relo – 3style mini mix by Subklub Radio on Mixcloud

And for those of you who have been living under a rock for a few years, let’s review the 2009 ancestor of these recent sounds. Moombahton, a mix of Dutch house music and reggaeton, conceived by Dave Nada at a “school-skipping party,” provides the genetic code for these new fusion styles.

Here’s a track to bring you up to speed:


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  • barbara

    that’s the best i’ve heard in years.  i’m sending it–if i can–to my little brother stationed in Afghanistan.  think he might dig it.

  • Canalh

    cumbiaton comes before moombahton… like… years before !! 😉 Excellent EP by the way ! Love rumbahton !