Digital Cumbia

Tradition and Postmodernity


  • Moses Iten RMIT
  • Israel Marquez Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain


Originally published in the Chilean journal Revista Musical Chilena in 2016, this article is focused on the most recent transformation of the popular Latin American cumbia genre: so-called “digital cumbia”. It developed primarily in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Lima, Peru, where an interesting scene of artistic experimentation with cumbia and electronic dance music emerged during the 2000s. As a result this new electronic music genre attracted considerable attention from local and international media during the 2010s. Despite this public interest the digital cumbia phenomenon has not received much academic attention, so current knowledge on the topic is insufficient. This article attempts to fill this gap with this first analysis of the digital cumbia phenomenon and its impact upon contemporary popular music.

Author Biography

Israel Marquez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain

Israel Marquez has a European doctorate in Information Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain (Extraordinary Doctorate Award 2012/2013) and a Masters in Information and Knowledge Society from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), Spain.