Back in 2016, we tapped Corpus Christi DJ El Dusty (real name Dusty Oliveira) as an artist to watch, thanks to his knack for blending vintage cumbia with dance beats, hip-hop and electronica. While El Dusty loves to bend genres, his new single and video for “La Cumbia,” featuring Canadian-Mexican artist Boogát (another genre-bending loving amalgam), is a classic ode to the beat, Mexican-style.
With a video set in the streets of Corpus, featuring dancers of all ages vamping to the beat, “La Cumbia” is reminiscent of AB Quintanilla’s Kumbia Kingz with a fresh, reinvigorated approach.
“For the track, I took the Cumbia crunk drums from Dallas, some classic Colombian samples, then re-recorded it live,” says El Dusty, who will include “La Cumbia” on new album Cumbia City, dropping in May on Aftercluv.
Bringing Boogat singing the vocals was fortuitous. “I came across Boogat’s music through a mixtape I found online. I knew he would be a perfect vocalist for my songs and it worked,” he says.
“There was an instant synergy!” adds Boogat. “We shot the video on Dia de Los Muertos right before I performed at El Dusty’s Tropicoso night in Corpus Christi. Cumbia music is really special. No matter the country everyone dances, and no matter the culture everyone understands the rhythm.”
Check out “La Cumbia” here: