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Discipline: Music
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English, Spanish

Cumbia Galera is a family of musicians hailing from: Colombia, Chile, Cuba, Brazil, and Kanata ("Canada") who joined forces in 2017. "Cumbia Galera" means: "Cumbia of the People". Our name is a reflection of our passion for sharing Cumbia in community, and exploring how our intersectional identities contribute to and vibrate within the music and dance of Cumbia. We explore what it means to come from different lands, speak different languages, and practice different dances... What it means to plant the same seed in a different soil, and celebrating the diverse gifts we bring to nurture the flower of Cumbia.

Performances & Workshops

NEW ARTIST for 2020-21 School Year

Cumbia Galera: on Growing Seeds in New Soil

Grade Suitability: K-12
Duration: 45-60 mins
Capacity: 1000+
Tech Requirements: access to electrical outlet; 5 microphones and 5 mic stands; 1 table.
Fee Range: $945-$1,345 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
Vancouver Island Lower
Vancouver Island Mid
Vancouver Island North

Our presentation invites audiences to consider how one particular seed can grow so uniquely when planted in a new land; particularly: the seed of Cumbia from Colombia. We bring this metaphor to life, as each member of the band represents a different seed, that when planted together, blossoms into a garden that thrives through diversity and teamwork. This is the idea of individuality (our seeds), collaboration (planting), and personal/ group growth (blossoming). Through music and dance, we explore what it means to bring Cumbia Colombiana to these northern lands of Unceded Coast Salish Territories, and we tell Cumbia's origin as a deep mixture of cultures. Our vision is to spark ideas of how we, people and cultures from around the world, can honour our diversities, and create a garden enriched by the different seeds we are, and the soils we have grown up in.

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