El Rebelde del Acordeón
Mexican accordionist Celso Piña (Born April 6, 1953), aka El Rebelde del Acordeón (the Accordion Rebel), who just celebrated his 30 years career, started playing traditional music. In the early '80s, he turned to the tropical style, forming a group called Celso Piña y su Ronda Bogotá.
With nearly two dozen albums to his credit, this notable Mexican singer, composer and accordionist, was nominated in 2002 for two Latin Grammy Awards -- best "Contemporary Tropical Album" and "Best New Artist From the North" -- as well as for "Best Alternative Artist" by the MTV Latino Awards.
Celso Piña, it is said, almost single-handedly created the burgeoning cumbia scene in Monterrey with his first album in 1980. A folkloric music born in Colombia's Caribbean coastal region, cumbia sabanera and its cousin cumbia vallenata were forged from a fusion of European accordion, native Indian guacharaca (a bamboo scraper), and African rhythms played on the caja, a drum slightly larger than a bongo. Cumbia has since spread and is now one of the most universal rhythms of Latin music.
Celso Piña is a pioneer in the mixture of tropical sounds, combined with all sorts of urban and popular music, from Mexican music Norteña & Sonidera until Ska, Reggae, Rap and Hip Hop ...
In 2001, when Celso Piña's platinum single "Cumbia Sobre el Rio" (found in the soundtrack of "Babel" by Alejandro González Inárritu) was released on his Barrio Bravo album, there wasn't a car or living room from Chicago to Chiapas that didn't have the bass booming and the sonic onslaught layered with accordion rattling their windows.
With this track, Celso Piña and producer Toy Hernández, the mix-master wizard for Monterrey's Control Machete, created a whole new hybrid by mixing the galloping rural rhythms of Colombian cumbias with the anarchy of urban streets.
He also collaborated on projects, among others, along with Lila Downs, Control Machete, El Gran Silencio, Sonidero Nacional, Los humilde, Julieta Venegas, Blanquito Man and Sergent Garcia. There are also several of these artists on the last album "Sin Fecha de Caducidad"published in 2009.
"Some people say my success came too late, but I've still got a lot of years ahead of me", Celso Piña says. "If God wants, I'll keep on going."