Subterranean Homesick Cumbia_Remix
(Los Jaichackers) Julio César Morales & Eamon Ore-Girón
Los Jaichackers (Spanglish for “hijackers”) was formed by two artists in search of the global DNA of the underground club scene. To seize, divert, or appropriate something while it is in transit—the act, or art, of hijacking—is a metaphor for the collisions between dominant and migrant cultures that fly under the radar, often by design. Subterranean Homesick Cumbia shot in the Amazon and is the videographic keepsake of the artists’ journey to trace the mythological birth of Cumbia music, one of the first Latin American hybrid musical form. In the origin myth, a German merchant ship crashed upon the shores of Colombia, spilling its cargo of accordions. These instruments were retrieved by local communities of free people of color and incorporated into their musical tradition to form a new vernacular sound. The relationship of the accordion to the landscape tells the story of the unstriated flow of social exchange and the unpredictable ways in which we engage with our environment.