Lucho Bermúdez

Luis Eduardo Bermúdez Acosta (Carmen de Bolívar, January 25, 1912 - Bogotá, April 23, 1994) better known as Lucho Bermúdez, was a Colombian musician, composer, arranger, director and performer, is considered one of the most important performers and composers of popular Colombian music of the 20th century.The importance of his musical work lies in having adapted traditional Colombian rhythms such as cumbia and porro, in modern rhythms that would become symbols of national identity from the 1930s. Lucho Bermúdez was one of the first innovators who experimented with adaptation of these local rhythms of the Colombian Caribbean, and that adapted them to the contemporary musical language of the time. His work had great impact in other countries of Latin America. Lucho Bermúdez was perhaps the main person responsible for having made cumbia and porro become standards of Colombian music internationally since the 1940s. His musical work was always deeply influenced by the porros and fandangos of the Sabana de Bolívar and the coastal towns of northern Colombia.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 25th, 1912 (El Carmen de Bolívar), Died April 23rd, 1994 (Mexico)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, leader, lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MBS-092469 10-in. before 11/22/1950 San Fernando Beny Moré ; Orquesta Rafael de Paz Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bermúdez, Lucho," accessed July 31, 2021,

Bermúdez, Lucho. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 31, 2021, from

"Bermúdez, Lucho." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 31 July 2021.

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