Baila Esta Cumbia

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"Baila Esta Cumbia"
Single by Selena
from the album Ven Conmigo
B-side La Carcacha
Released August 28, 1990
Format CD single, 12" single
Recorded 1989
Genre Mexican cumbia, Tejano
Length 2:57
Label EMI Latin
Writer(s) A.B. Quintanilla III, Pete Astudillo
Producer(s) A.B. Quintanilla III
Selena singles chronology
"Ya Ves"
"Baila Esta Cumbia"
"Buenos Amigos"
Music sample

"Baila Esta Cumbia" (English: Dance this Cumbia) is a song recorded by American Tejano singer Selena for her second studio album, Ven Conmigo (1990). The song was released as the second single by EMI Latin, behind "Ya Ves". It was composed by A.B. Quintanilla III, the singer's brother and principal record producer, and Selena y Los Dinos band member, Pete Astudillo. The recording is an up-tempo Mexican cumbia song with Tejano music influences. "Baila Esta Cumbia" was well-received by music critics who enjoyed its cumbia-feel and rhythm.

The track began receiving exposure on radio stations that had never played Selena's repertoire in the past. The recording became a hit single for the singer, and was named among her top best recordings in her musical career. "Baila Esta Cumbia" peaked at number ten on the US Billboard Regional Mexican Digital Songs chart, and impacted the US Latin Digital Songs and US Latin Pop Digital Songs chart at number 38 and 21, respectively. In 2005, A.B. Quintanilla III recorded a remix/duet version of the song with his band Kumbia Kings, which peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Regional Mexican Airplay chart and number 44 on the US Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart. Other cover versions include recordings by Mexican singers Diana Reyes and Yuridia.

Background and release[edit]

"Baila Esta Cumbia" was released as the second single from Ven Conmigo (1990) in the United States,[1] and in Mexico.[2] A compilation album of the same name was released in Mexico and sold 150,000 copies[2] and was certified platinum by the Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas (AMPROFON), denoting sales of 250,000 units.[3] "Baila Esta Cumbia" was written by Selena's brother and principal record producer, A.B. Quintanilla III and Selena y Los Dinos band member, Pete Astudillo.[4] When interviewed for the Selena: 20 Years of Music series, Quintanilla said that the recording helped the band's exposure on cumbia music radios.[4]

The song is an up-tempo[5] Mexican cumbia song with Tejano influences.[6] The song is set in common time at a moderate rate of 90 beats per minute. "Baila Esta Cumbia" is written in the key of C major. The vocal range of the melody extends from the note G3 to A4.[7]

Reception and impact[edit]

Billboard contributor Ramiro Burr praised "Baila Esta Cumbia" for its "melodic hook".[8] In a 1999 reference book, Burr opined that Selena "evolved a rhythmic style" which paved way for "catchy cumbias", giving "Baila Esta Cumbia" as his example of her "increasing prowess".[9] Gaetano Prampolini called "Baila Esta Cumbia" a "plain cumbia dance pleasure" in his book The Shade of the Saguaro.[10] In a 2013 contribution to OC Weekly, Marco Torres added that "Baila Esta Cumbia" is a "fun song" and with a "lively", addictive nature.[11] John Storm Roberts wrote in his book The Latin Tinge: The Impact of Latin American Music on the United States, that the recording is an "up-tempo romantic piece" for his review of Selena's live album, Live! (1993). Roberts added that with "Como La Flor", the two "mixes pop vocalism, some quite free scatting, and a classic banda keyboard sound."[5] Federico Martinez of the San Antonio La Prensa called the recording "upbeat".[12]

Deborah R. Vargas wrote in her book Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music: The Limits of la Onda (2008), that Selena reconstructed Tejano music with the additions of cumbia music, giving credit to "Baila Esta Cumbia" as an example of Selena's blended musical compositions.[6] The recording became one of Selena's biggest hit singles.[13] Marco Torress of OC Weekly, ranked "Baila Esta Cumbia" number five on his "Top 10 Selena Songs of All Time" list.[11] Writing for Latina magazine, Priscilla Rodriguez named "Baila Esta Cumbia" as one of her top ten Selena songs list.[14] It entered The TouchTunes Most Played chart on Billboard on the issue dated April 7, 2001, with 1.5 million airplay spins.[15] The song was included in the set list for the Selena Forever musical, which ran for one year in 2000.[16]

Cover versions[edit]

Mexican singer Diana Reyes recorded the song for her album Ámame, Bésame (2010).[17] Mexican singer Yuridia performed "Baila Esta Cumbia" in her Mexico tour in 2013 to a positive reception.[12]

Kumbia Kings' version[edit]

Selena's brother and principal record producer, A.B. Quintanilla III formed Kumbia Kings in 1997. In 2005, the band remixed "Baila Esta Cumbia" into a duet version for their album Duetos under the title "Baila Esta Kumbia". Evan C. Gutierrez music reviewer for AllMusic believed that the Kumbia Kings' version is a "postmortem love letter" to Selena.[18] Kumbia Kings performed their version for the tribute concert Selena ¡VIVE!, which premiered live on Univision on 7 April 2005.[19] The track debuted at number 35 on the US Billboard Regional Mexican Airplay chart on the issue dated April 2, 2005.[20] It eventually peaked at number 16.[18]

Chart (2005) Peak
US Billboard Hot Latin Tracks[18] 44
US Billboard Regional Mexican Airplay[18] 16


Chart (2012/2013/2014) Peak
US Billboard Latin Digital Songs[21] 38
US Billboard Latin Pop Digital Songs[22] 21
US Billboard Regional Mexican Digital Songs[22] 10


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