Los Rebeldes

Cumbia Rebelde

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At first blush, Los Rebeldes are just another affable keyboard-centered mid-'70s band. But there's a reason they were picked up by a New York label. At the simplest level, they're a fine band with an uncomplicated kick and a sax player who augments the whole without getting too clever for the rest of the guys. Their mix of local rhythms, cumbia, boogalu, and Dominican merengue is far from standard. And some of their songs ("El Problema Electrico" in this album) have a pleƱa-like topical twist.