Musician Marco Polo Santiago was raised in L.A., in a big Mexican-American family, with the sound of cumbia always in the background. He grew up to be a musician, but his tastes ran more to metal and hip hop than anything Latin.
A few years ago, he rediscovered the music of his childhood in a whole new way, getting deep into Colombian cumbia from the 50's and 60’s. That’s the style his band “La Misa Negra” channels on their debut album Misa de Medianoche. Santiago shared some of his tracks in this edition of Bay Area Beats.
This piece first aired on October 26, 2015.