Cumbia music festival kicks off in Austin on Saturday

Colombian American artist Kiko Villamizar brings a music festival exploring the folkloric roots of cumbia to Austin on June 9.

There’s nothing like cumbia to bring both elders and youth together. On June 9, the Wepa Cumbia Roots Festival returns to Austin with top musicians including Grammy award-winning folk masters Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto of Colombia.

What began as an inaugural festival last year has now expanded to several Texas cities with international stops in countries such as Spain and Germany. Featured Austin artists include Kiko Villamizar, who released his second album “Aguas Frias” in 2017, and Colombian funk band Superfónicos.

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The festival, which starts at 2 p.m. and wraps up at 11:30 p.m., offers Austinites a unique chance to understand the layers of cumbia and the genre’s original instrumentation such as the gaita, the indigenous flute of Colombia. Don’t miss the chance to see why modern cumbia has risen in recent years and found its way to a new generation of listeners.

Advance tickets cost $23.16. Festivalgoers at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard on 1106 E. 11th St. will also enjoy an art market by Las Ofrendas. Visit for more information.

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Music Monday: Bomba Estéreo’s “Fiesta”

Bomba Estéreo will perform at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015.  JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Bomba Estéreo will perform at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN


Cultura en Austin wants you to kick off the work week in style. We present a blog feature called Music Monday, where we highlight new or recent Latin alternative music videos from artists who should be on your radar. We’ll showcase Austin-based musicians as well as those who regularly perform in Austin or will soon.

Artist: Bomba Estéreo

The Colombian electro fusion group, Bomba Estéreo, is part of this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup. The Austin music festival, which takes place at Auditorium Shores on Nov 6-8, will bring many acts like D’Angelo and Wu-Tang Clan for its 10th anniversary. Check out the rest of the lineup here.

Song: “Fiesta” Album: “Amanecer”

Bomba Estéreo will release its new album “Amanecer” this week, which includes the Carnaval de Barranquilla-inspired psychedelic song “Fiesta.” Check out the recently released trippy video.

If you’re a Austin-based Latin music band and are releasing a new video, let me know at