Founded in April 2006 by the head of A&R and music research at the acclaimed world music record label, Putumayo World Music, Cumbancha has quickly earned renown as one of the top independent record labels. With three years and ten releases under its belt, Cumbancha is proud to offer a special label sampler featuring tracks from its critically acclaimed releases, as well as three previously unreleased bonus tracks and four music videos.
For the past ten years, Cumbancha founder Jacob Edgar has traveled the world in search of exceptional artists and songs for Putumayo's critically acclaimed and commercially successful compilations of music from all over the globe. Over the years, Edgar kept coming across artists he felt deserved wider recognition and assistance in bringing their music to the world stage, and he decided to form Cumbancha to address that need.
"I believe exposure to music from different parts of the world can help open a doorway to other cultures," insists Edgar. "Listening to music is an excellent way to make a connection with people who are very different from yourself, and it can create a common ground that overcomes some of the barriers that separate people of different walks of life."
During its short existence, Cumbancha has earned praise from media and the public worldwide. In 2008, Cumbancha received the prestigious WOMEX Award for Label of the Year. Recently, Megan Romer of About.com
raved, "Cumbancha has established themselves as not only one of the finest world music record labels in this country, but one of the finest record labels, period. Five-star record after five-star record... at this point I'm starting to think I might buy mayonnaise if Cumbancha slapped their approval on it."
Hear Globally: A Cumbancha Collection serves as an excellent introduction to the label and its exceptional artist roster, and offers up previously unreleased tracks and music videos for Cumbancha's established fans.