Cumbiana

Carlos Vives

Cumbiana

Some three and a half decades into his recording career, Carlos Vives hasn’t lost his passion for merging traditional musical forms with contemporary pop styles. As he does on the preceding semi-eponymous VIVES album, he collaborates expertly here with a number of notable guests who span generations. He duets with flamenco pop star Alejandro Sanz on “For Sale” and bilingual Colombian Canadian R&B singer Jessie Reyez on the soaring “Hechicera.” Reggae royalty Ziggy Marley comes through with the island vibes on “El Hilo,” while Rubén Blades helps deliver a delightful fusion of salsa and cumbia on the self-referencing “Canción Para Rubén.”

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