Cumbancha is a record label, booking agency and music publisher based in Charlotte, Vermont. The company was founded by ethnomusicologist and music producer Jacob Edgar in 2006.[1] In 2007, Cumbancha Music Publishing was established to expand opportunities for artists, helping them license songs to various movies, television programs, and advertisements, including Boyhood, Grey's Anatomy, and High Maintenance.[2] Cumbancha Booking was founded in 2010 to book tours for artists on and off the label, bringing them to venues such as Hollywood Bowl, Montreal Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Lincoln Center, Central Park SummerStage, and Austin City Limits.[3] Artists on the label include The Idan Raichel Project, Habib Koité and Bamada, Rupa & the April Fishes, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, The Touré-Raichel Collective, and Lakou Mizik, among many others.[4] The name "Cumbancha" derives from the Cuban word of West African derivation meaning an impromtu musical gathering or party.[5]

FounderJacob Edgar
Country of originUnited States
LocationCharlotte, Vermont


Cumbancha was awarded the Top Label Award by WOMEX in 2008.[6]


Cumbancha headquarters is located in Charlotte, Vermont, in a refurbished, solar-powered barn, which also contains the Putumayo World Music Archive. Sharing the property is Lane Gibson Recording & Mastering.[7]


Artist Album Release Date Catalog Number
Ska Cubano ¡Ay Caramba! (discontinued) July 11, 2006 CMB-CD-1
Idan Raichel Project The Idan Raichel Project November 7, 2006 CMB-CD-2
Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective Wátina (discontinued) February 27, 2007 CMB-CD-3
Dobet Gnahore Na Afriki June 26, 2007 CMB-CD-4
Habib Koité Afriki September 25, 2007 CMB-CD-5
Umalali The Garifuna Women's Project (discontinued) March 18, 2008 CMB-CD-6
Rupa & the April Fishes eXtraOrdinary rendition April 15, 2008 CMB-CD-7
Chiwoniso Maraire Rebel Woman August 26, 2008 CMB-CD-8
Novalima Coba Coba October 14, 2008 CMB-CD-9
The Idan Raichel Project Within My Walls February 24, 2009 CMB-CD-10
Novalima Coba Coba Remixed June 16, 2009 CMB-CD-11
Kimi Djabate Karem July 28, 2009 CMB-CD-12
Sarazino Ya Foy! August 25, 2009 CMB-CD-13
Kailash Kher and Kailasa Yatra (discontinued) September 29, 2009 CMB-CD-14
Rupa & the April Fishes Este mundo October 27, 2009 CMB-CD-15
Razia Said Zebu Nation February 23, 2010 CMB-CD-16
Luísa Maita Lero-Lero July 27, 2010 CMB-CD-17
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars Rise & Shine March 23, 2010 CMB-CD-18
Sergent Garcia Una y Otra Vez March 22, 2011 CMB-CD-19
Bombino Agadez April 19, 2011 CMB-CD-20
The Touré-Raichel Collective The Tel Aviv Session March 27, 2012 CMB-CD-22
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars Radio Salone April 24, 2012 CMB-CD-23
Sarazino Everyday Salama May 22, 2012 CMB-CD-24
Kobo Town Jumbie in the Jukebox (discontinued) April 23, 2013 CMB-CD-25
Idan Raichel Quarter to Six June 2, 2013 CMB-CD-26
The Garifuna Collective Ayó (discontinued) July 2, 2013 CMB-CD-27
Danny Michel with The Garifuna Collective Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me (discontinued) July 2, 2013 CMB-CD-28
Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate Faya February 18, 2014 CMB-CD-29
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars Libation March 18, 2014 CMB-CD-30
Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca La Rumba SoYo June 24, 2014 CMB-CD-31
The Touré-Raichel Collective The Paris Session September 30, 2014 CMB-CD-32
Razia Said Akory (discontinued) November 10, 2014 CMB-CD-33
Rocky Dawuni Branches of the Same Tree March 31, 2015 CMB-CD-34
Daby Touré Amonafi September 18, 2015 CMB-CD-35
Francesca Blanchard deux visions October 2, 2015 VAV-CD-60
Idan Raichel At the Edge of the Beginning January 22, 2016 CMB-CD-36
Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate Monistic Theory May 13, 2016 CMB-CD-37
Lakou Mizik Wa Di Yo April 1, 2016 CMB-CD-38
Luísa Maita Fio da Memória September 23, 2016 CMB-CD-39
Idan Raichel Idan Raichel - Piano - Songs September 22, 2017 CMB-CD-40
Luísa Maita Maita Remixed November 9, 2010 CMB-CD-87
Various Hear Globally: A Cumbancha Collection April 7, 2009 CMB-CD-91
Sarazino Mama Funny Day September 28, 2018 CMB-CD-117
Idan Raichel And If You Will Come To Me January 31, 2019 CMB-CD-119
Lakou Mizik HaitiaNola October 25, 2019 CMB-CD-122

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Travel Show Goes on Musical Journey". New York Times. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  2. ^ "Publishing | Cumbancha | Record Label". Cumbancha. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  3. ^ "Booking | Cumbancha | Record Label". Cumbancha. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  4. ^ "Artists | Cumbancha | Record Label". Cumbancha. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  5. ^ "Cumbancha - WOMEX". Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  6. ^ "WOMEX Awards". WOMEX.
  7. ^ "Cumbancha's Solar Powered Recording Studio!". 13 November 2018. Retrieved 2019-07-24.

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