On the streets of Monterrey, Mexico, Celso Piña’s Colombian-style traditional cumbia had long been the soundtrack of that industrial city and its hardscrabble neighborhoods. Then the unexpected happened — folkloric music became hip.
The master accordionist’s music received little attention outside Mexico until Piña’s revolutionary album, “Barrio Bravo,” propelled him to the global stage in 2001. Centered on the famous accordion sound that gave him the nickname “El Rebelde del Acordeón” (Accordion Rebel) in Monterrey, Piña, who will perform at the Pachanga Latino Music Festival on Saturday, created a hybrid cumbia sound that incorporated reggae, hip-hop, ska and rock. The massive hit “Cumbia Sobre el Río” was featured in the soundtrack of the film “Babel.” And Piña’s new sound helped change the perception of the music, attracting more listeners across social and economic lines.
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Where: Pachanga Latino Music Festival, Hierba Stage
Time: 9:15 p.m.