This is a good article. Click here for more information.

Baila Esta Cumbia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Baila Esta Cumbia (song))
Jump to: navigation, search
"Baila Esta Cumbia"
Selena poses with her right hand above her head and her left arm stationed, while her band are in the foreground.
Single by Selena
from the album Ven Conmigo
B-side "La Carcacha"
Released August 28, 1990
Recorded 1989
Genre Mexican cumbia
Length 2:57
Label EMI Latin
Producer(s) A.B. Quintanilla
Selena singles chronology
"Ya Ves"
"Baila Esta Cumbia"
"Buenos Amigos"
"Ya Ves"
"Baila Esta Cumbia"
"Buenos Amigos"
Audio sample

"Baila Esta Cumbia" (English: Dance to this Cumbia) is a song recorded by American Tejano singer Selena for her second studio album, Ven Conmigo (1990). It was released as the second single by EMI Latin on August 28, 1990, behind "Ya Ves". It was composed by her brother–producer A.B. Quintanilla, and Selena y Los Dinos backup dancer, Pete Astudillo. The recording is an up-tempo Mexican cumbia song. It was well received by music critics who enjoyed its cumbia-feel and rhythm.

The track received exposure on radio stations that predominately played cumbia music, and as a result the recording became a hit single for the singer. It was named among her best recordings in her career by music critics. "Baila Esta Cumbia" peaked at number ten on the US Billboard Regional Mexican Digital Songs chart. In 2005, A.B. Quintanilla recorded a remix/duet version of the track with his band Kumbia Kings, which peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Regional Mexican Airplay chart and number 44 on the 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] It 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 and Selena y Los Dinos' backup dancer, Pete Astudillo.[4] During an interview in 2002, A.B. said that the recording helped the band's exposure on radio stations that predominantly play cumbia music recordings.[4]

The song is an up-tempo[5] Mexican cumbia Tejano song.[6] It is set in common time and moves 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]

The majority of contemporary reviews on "Baila Esta Cumbia" were positive. Billboard contributor Ramiro Burr praised the song for its "melodic hook".[8] Burr, who wrote in The Billboard Guide to Tejano and Regional Mexican Music (1999), 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] Italian essayist 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 noted its "lively" addictive nature.[11] John Storm Roberts wrote in his book The Latin Tinge, 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] It has appeared on a number of critics' "best Selena songs" lists, including OC Weekly (at number five),[11] and Latina magazine (at number three).[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" during her tour in Mexico in 2013 to a positive reception.[18]

Kumbia Kings' version[edit]

Selena's brother and principal record producer, A.B. 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.[19] Kumbia Kings performed their version for the tribute concert Selena ¡VIVE!, which premiered live on Univision on April 7, 2005.[20] The track debuted at number 35 on the US Billboard Regional Mexican Airplay chart on the issue dated April 2, 2005.[21] It eventually peaked at number 16.[19]

Chart (2005) Peak
US Billboard Hot Latin Tracks[19] 44
US Billboard Regional Mexican Airplay[19] 16


Chart (2012–14) Peak
US Latin Digital Songs (Billboard)[22] 38
US Latin Pop Digital Songs (Billboard)[23] 21
US Regional Mexican Digital Songs (Billboard)[23] 10


  1. ^ "Selena > Discography". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 107 (23). 10 June 1995. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Castrellón, Cristina (31 August 2007). Selena: su vida después de su muerte (in Spanish). Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial México. ISBN 9786071110367. Retrieved 10 October 2014. (Spanish, original) El motivo era celebrar que Selena había ganado su primer Disco de Oro al rabasar las 150 mil copias vendidas de su disco Baila Esta Cumbia, el primero que salio en Mexico. (English, translate) The occasion was to celebrate that Selena had won her first gold record of 150 thousand copies sold of her album Baila Esta Cumbia, who first came to Mexico. 
  3. ^ "Disco de Oro y Platino a Viene de la Uno". El Siglo de Torreón (in Spanish). 13 December 1993. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Ven Conmigo (CD). Selena. EMI Latin. 2002. 77774235921. 
  5. ^ a b Roberts, John Storm (21 January 1999). The Latin Tinge: The Impact of Latin American Music on the United States (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195121015. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Vargas, Deborah R. (2012). Dissonant divas in Chicana music : the limits of la onda. University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 0816673160. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Quintanilla-Perez, Selena; Quintanilla III, A.B.; Astudillo, Pete (1990). "Baila Esta Cumbia: Selena Digital Sheet Music" (Musicnotes). EMI Music Publishing. MN0075339 (Product Number). Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Burr, Ramiro (15 April 1995). "EMI Set To Honor Selena's Memory". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 107 (15). Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Burr, Ramiro (1999). The Billboard guide to Tejano and regional Mexican music (1st ed.). Billboard Books. ISBN 0823076911. Retrieved 10 October 2014. Selena, had evolved a rhythmic style that demonstrated its increasing prowess for catchy cumbias such as "Baila Esta Cumbia". 
  10. ^ Prampolini, Gaetano; Pinazzi, Annamaria. The Shade of the Saguaro / La sombra del saguaro. Essays on the Literary Cultures of the American Southwest. Firenze University Press. ISBN 886655393X. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Torres, Marco (16 April 2013). "Top 10 Selena Songs of All Time". OC Weekly. Voice Media Group. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Martinez, Federico (9 September 2014). "Part Two on the Legacy of Selena". La Prensa. Culturas Publication. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  13. ^ Chávez Candelaria, Cordelia; Aldama, Arturo J.; García, Peter J.; Alvarez-Smith, Alma (2004). Encyclopedia of Latino popular culture. Greenwood Press. ISBN 031333210X. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  14. ^ Rodriguez, Priscillia. "Remembering Selena: Her Top Ten Songs". Latina. Lauren Michaels. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "The TouchTunes Most Played (7 April 2001)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 113 (14). 7 April 2001. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  16. ^ Burr, Ramiro (25 March 2000). "Selena Forever Premiere Should Boost Catalog Sales". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 112 (13). Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  17. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Amame, Besame". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  18. ^ Arrona Crespo, Juana. "Voz de ‘Ángel’ cautiva Palenque". Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  19. ^ a b c d Gutierrez, Evan C. "Duetos (Album review)". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  20. ^ "Selena, a 13 años de su muerte". Vanguardia (in Spanish). Terra Networks. 31 March 2008. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  21. ^ "Regional Mexican Airplay (2 April 2005)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 117 (14). 2 April 2005. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  22. ^ "Selena > Chart history > Latin Digital Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  23. ^ a b "Selena > Chart history > Baila Esta Cumbia". Archived from the original on 10 October 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 

External links[edit]