Reggae Meets Cumbia: Cali Group, Candelaria, Covers Dawn Penn


The Frisco’ Bay Area has been hit with Carib vibes. The Oakland-born band, Candelaria, was recently featured on the NPR music series, Alt Latino, as one of the top musical acts to watch this year, and provided their own rendition of Dawn Penn’s famous single, “You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No).”

Their cover captures the churning, slow movement of Penn’s original, but adds a vibrant horn section and simmering vocals from lead singer, Stephani Garcia Candelaria.

The band created the fusion, CumbiaDub, a style born out of “dub studio techniques and reggae style bass lines to traditional cumbia and other Colombian rhythms.” Live performance is their preference over digitized, computer-reliant concerts, and their creative, international style of dance music includes reggaeton and dancehall beats fused with classic Colombian and Indian style instruments.

Their sound has brought a strong fan base and growing press. They’ve even shared the stage with reggae singers Junior Toots and the notable Jimmy Cliff.

Listen to their cover below:


And one of their earlier tracks:


Visit Candelaria’s Facebook Page for more band info.

Source(s): NPR AltLatino, Candelaria Musica

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