Los Orangutanes, somewhat uniquely in Central and Eastern Europe, are a ten-person Latin American Cumbia group. They made their debut in December 2016, in Budapest. The group is formed from Hungarian, Peruvian and Uruguayan musicians from bands including Anselmo Crew, Irie Maffia, Besh o droM, Ladánybene 27, Zuboly and Manaky.On this occasion, the band will take to the Müpa Budapest stage with the addition of a major wind instrument section. Cumbia was originally a form of Columbian music. After conquering Central and South America, it spread to other continents, even infecting a few Hungarian musicians. Thus, Hungarian cumbia was born, with Los Orangutanes its primary exponent. The members of Los Orangutanes were inspired by their enthusiasm for the genre.
'Ancient cumbia' was played with drums and other percussion instruments. The legend states that at the start of the 20th century, an Argentianian cargo ship carrying tango harmonicas sank off the Columbian coast, with many instruments ending up being washed ashore. The locals collected them up and started to play them. They liked them so much that the harmonica later became one of the main instruments in Cumbia music. In the 1940s, the traditional instruments were largely replaced by the big band sound then in fashion, and the recordings made at this time led to the expansion of cumbia throughout the world. Since then, everyone has added a little of their own culture, with varieties of cumbria ranging from gangster, hipster and electro to traditional and dub.
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