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World Cafe dives into the music of Colombia : World Cafe : NPR

World Cafe dives into the music of Colombia : World Cafe : NPR


Totó la Momposina

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Totó la Momposina

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Editor’s Be aware: To commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month this yr, World Cafe is occurring a musical tour of Latin America. Each weekday from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, we’ll highlight the music of a unique Latin American nation with a curated playlist of important tracks, contemporary voices and wild playing cards.

We shut out our musical tour of Latin America in “the land of a thousand rhythms,” and there really are so many who have come out of Colombia.

Chief amongst them, maybe, is cumbia. A musical innovation that exemplifies Latinidad, cumbia is what occurs when three distinct worlds collide. Now, this synthesis of African, American Indigenous and Spanish rhythms has flowed to each nook of Latin America.

This combine consists of Colombian artists who have been instrumental within the growth and unfold of cumbia like Lucho Bermúdez and Totó la Momposina, in addition to college students of its historical past like Bomba Estéreo.

Colombia additionally boasts a few of the greatest stars in Latin American music. This playlist consists of hits from Juanes, Carlos Vives, Shakira and Karol G, who broke streaming data this yr along with her album Mañana Será Bonito.


The story of rock in Colombia is woven into this combine, too, with Aterciopelados and the bevy of indie rock acts which have adopted of their footsteps, like Mitú, Lika Nova and Revólver Plateado.

Colombia can also be dwelling to a wealthy world of pop and dance music, filled with up-and-coming artists like Loyal Lobos, VALÉ and Sinego. And, whereas she in all probability would not qualify as an up-and-comer anymore, we needed to embrace a minimize from Kali Uchis‘ luxurious 2023 document, Crimson Moon in Venus.

And that is a wrap! You possibly can head to World Cafe’s Latin Roots web page to revisit the five hundred+ songs we have explored throughout these 21 Days of Musica Latina.



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