How cumbia has shaped music across Latin America : Code Switch Whether you're from Ushuaia or East Los Angeles, you've likely heard cumbia blaring from a stereo. From our play friends at NPR's Alt.Latino, Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreras talk about their common love of the musical backbone of Latin America.

Cumbia: The musical backbone of Latin America

Cumbia: The musical backbone of Latin America

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Los Gaiteros De San Jacinto on the cover of its 2006 album Un Fuego de Sangre Pura. Jorge Mario Múnera/Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways hide caption

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Los Gaiteros De San Jacinto on the cover of its 2006 album Un Fuego de Sangre Pura.

Jorge Mario Múnera/Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways

Cumbia is the backbone of music across Latin America — whether you're from Ushuaia or East Los Angeles, you've likely heard it blaring from a stereo. From our play friends at NPR's Alt.Latino, Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreras talk about their common love of cumbia, despite their differences in origins, cultures, and generations.