For his 14th studio album Cumbiana, Carlos Vives married Colombia’s past with the future, shedding light on the indigenous roots of Colombian music in a 10-set production that includes collaborations with Jessie Reyez, Alejandro Sanz and Ruben Blades, to name a few.
Now, he’s bringing his extensive research and musical exploration to the masses in a documentary coined El Mundo Perdido de Cumbiana, premiering this Friday (August 21) on the Grammy Museum’s digital museum.
In the documentary, directed by Carlos Felipe Montoya and produced by Isabel Cristina Vasquez from Mestiza Films, the Colombian singer spotlights the history of the amphibian universe to better understand the origins of cumbia and vallenato music, the ancestral spirits that inspired his latest production, and the environmental challenges the Magdalena River ecosystem is facing.
“I discovered a lost world. That’s the truth,” Vives previously told Billboard.
“We’ve always spoken about our African heritage in music. We’ve always thought that the most uplifting elements of our music came from Africa or from European rhythms like polka. But it turns out it comes from Andean or indigenous music. This album highlights the joy of the fusion of African, European, and indigenous music.”
El Mundo Perdido de Cumbiana, which also elaborates on the creative process of Cumbiana, will be available at 1 p.m. PT on Friday, August 21 at the Grammy Museum website for 72 hours only. Following the screening, Vives will attend an exclusive conversation with NPR Alt Latino’s Felix Contreras to further discuss the documentary.