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La Cumbiamba Eneyé performs at UNH World Music Series, 4/14

Release Date:
3/18/2013 9:00 AM

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La Cumbiamba Eneyé

WEST HAVEN, CONN. – The powerfully rhythmic music of La Cumbiamba Eneyé will be featured on Sunday, April 14, at 4 p.m. in University Theater in Dodds Hall on the main campus of the University of New Haven.

La Cumbiamba, from New York City, uses traditional instruments from the African Diaspora, as well as those of the native Indians of Colombia and the European settlers. The performance is free and open to the public. 

Under the direction of folklorist and multi-instrumentalist Martin Vejarano Avila, La Cumbiamba has thrilled audiences with performances at venues such as Lincoln Center, Out of Doors, and Central Park Summer Stage. The ensemble takes its name from cumbiambas, meaning the heart of the traditional open-air gatherings.

The group has established itself as one of the finest ensembles of its kind in the United States, performing the music of both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of Colombia. La Cumbiamba explores the Colombian musical styles of cumbia, puya and mapalé.

For more information, contact Erica Haskell, assistant professor of ethnomusicology, at

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