The music of Garbo
is an expression of Colombian culture
, music genres
, both traditional and modern, according with the features of each geographic region
, although it is not uncommon to find different musical styles in the same region. The diversity in musical expressions found in Colombia can be seen as the result of a mixture of Amerindian, African, and European (especially Spanish) influences, as well as more modern American
Musical Regions of Colombia
Colombia has a vibrant collage of talent that touches a full spectrum of rhythms ranging from Pop music
and Classical music
and Rock music
. Colombian music is promoted mainly by the support of the largest record labels, independent companies and the Government of Colombia, through the Ministry of Culture
Colombia is known as "The land of a thousand rhythms" but actually holds over 1,025 folk rhythms. Some of the best known genres are cumbia
. The most recognized interpreters of traditional Caribbean and Afrocolombian music are Totó la Momposina
and Francisco Zumaqué
Cumbia began as a courtship dance practiced among the African population on the Caribbean coasts of Colombia. It is a mixture of Spanish, Native Colombian
and African music. The style of dance is designed to recall the shackles worn around the ankles of the slaves. In the 19th century, slavery was abolished and Africans, Indians and other ethnic groups got a more complete integration in the Colombian culture.
Cumbia is a complex, rhythmic music which arose on Colombia's Atlantic coast. In its original form, cumbia bands included only percussion
and vocals; modern groups include saxophones
as well. It evolved out of native influences, combining both traditions. Some observers have claimed that the dance originally associated with iron chains around the ankle. Others still believe that it is a direct import from Guinea
, which has a popular dance form called cumbe.
The Afro-Colombian ensemble Monsieur Periné
mixes cumbian sounds with a gypsy-swing style.
Cumbia's form was solidified in the 1940s when it spread from the rural countryside to urban and middle-class audiences. Mambo
, big band
and porro brass band
influences were combined by artists like Lucho Bermúdez
to form a refined form of cumbia that soon entered the Golden Age of Cumbia during the 1950s. Discos Fuentes
, the largest and most influential record label
in the country, was founded during this time. Fruko
, known as the Godfather of Salsa
, introduced Cuban salsa
to Colombia and helped bring Discos Fuentes to national prominence by finding artists like La Sonora Dinamita
, who brought cumbia to Mexico, where it remains popular.
It is worth pointing out that the "classic" cumbia known throughout Colombia is the Cumbia Cienaguera. This song reflects a uniquely Colombian feel known as "sabor" (flavour) and "ambiente" (atmosphere). Arguably, this song has remained a Colombian staple through the years and is widely known as Colombia's unofficial national anthem. Some artists are Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto, Los Graduados, Los Black Stars
, Los Golden Boys, Los Teen Agers, and Los Corraleros de Majagual. In the United States, an Afro- Colombian band based in New York called Grupo Rebolu, performs a variety of Afro-Colombian rhythms with authentic instruments such as Tambora and Tambor Alegre. Their repertoire includes Cumbia and many more genres from the Northern coast of Colombia as part of their original compositions.
Champeta and African-diasporic music
Some Colombian communities, such as Chocó
, San Andres and Providence Island, have large African-descendant communities. Unlike most of the country, cultural mixing with native and European influences have been rare, and, especially in El Chocó, music has changed little since being imported from West Africa
. Providencia Island is also home to a type of folk music which is closely related to mento
, a Jamaican
folk form. Most influentially, however, is the city of Cartagena and its champeta
music which has been influenced by soukous
, and reggae
. Champeta musicians have included Luis Towers, El Afinaíto, El Sayayín, El Pupy, and Boogaloo
, while others like Elio Boom have incorporated Jamaican raggamuffin music
Vallenato was first played by the pre-Columbian Indians using traditional instruments. The first vallenato singer was Guillermo Buitrago, born in the Magdalena department. Vallenato did not always use accordion as its main instrument. In fact, from 1920 to 1936 the main instrument was the guitar groups such as bovea and sus vallenatos also are among the first vallenato singers. They form the group in the city of Barranquilla Atlantico department. They also were the first to take the vallenato music to a different country like Argentina more specifically in northern Argentina Contrary to popular belief, vallenato is not a rhythm. Rather, it is a Genre. It is made up of four rhythms: Son, Puya, Merengue, and Paseo. Vallenato
arose in Valledupar
on Colombia's Atlantic Coast and only gained popularity elsewhere in the country in the 1980s. Its origins are shrouded in mystery but are said to have begun with Francisco el Hombre
, who allegedly defeated Satan
in a musical contest. Based around the accordion
, and the caja vallenata
(a larger version of the bongo), vallenato has long been connected with cumbia. Influential artists include Alejo Duran
and more recently[when?]
, Alfredo Gutiérrez and Lisandro Meza. In addition to the accordion, the bass guitar
has been a common part of vallenato ensembles since it was introduced by Caliya
in the mid-1960s. The most recent modernization of vallenato occurred in 1993 when Carlos Vives
released Clásicos de la Provincia
, which made him into a star and changed the face of vallenato.
An important phenomenon has occurred in Colombia with Vallenato. At first it was an exclusive kind of music for Atlantic Coast people but because the proliferation of radio programs of this genre in other cities of the republic (Example: Bogota), and the migration of people from the Coast to the capital, Vallenato took more consolidation in the rest of Colombia. But not only the music but the musicians of the genre increase in the capital and other cities. In 2006 for first time a musicians from Bogota, Alberto "Beto" Jamaica was the king of Vallenato in the traditional competition to play accordion, "El Festival Vallenato". Another important musicians from other cities have taken importance in the Vallenato world.
Other Caribbean genres
- Mode Up/Mud Up
- Son Sabanero
- Son Palenquero
This is one of the most African influenced-styles in all of Colombia, and has its roots among the Afro-Colombian/African-descendant/Black people of the Pacific coast
In its most basic form, the currulao is played by a group of four musicians.
One musician plays a 6-8 rhythm on a drum known as a "cununo", which superficially resembles the "alegre" drum (used in Cumbia) to the untrained eye, but is narrower and taller. The Currulao rhythm is created by both striking the skin of the drum with the one's hand and tapping the side of the drum with a small stick.
The second musician keeps time on a shaker known in parts of Colombia as a "guasá"(goo-ah-SAH) or "guache"(goo-AH-cheh), which is typically a hollow cylinder made of metal, wooden, or guadua bamboo, filled with light seeds, rice is sometimes used in home-made guasás.
But the main instrument of the currulao style is perhaps the Colombian marimba, a wooden xylophone which resembles the African balafon
also for the style of playing.
Many groups in Colombia perform this traditional style of music. Currently, the most renowned groups include Grupo Socavón, Grupo Gualajó, and Grups Bahia Trio. A well renowned figure among the old marimbero masters in Colombia is Baudilio Cuama Rentería from Buenaventura Colombia.
Other Pacific genres
- Andarele o Amanecer
- Bambara Negra
- Bambuco Viejo
- Bunde Chocoano
- Calipso Chocoano
- Chigualo o Gualí
- Contradanza Chocoana
- Danza Chocoana
- Jota Chocoana
- La Caramba
- La Madruga
- Mazurka chocoana
- Pango o Pangora
- Polka Chocoana
- Porro Chocoano
- Saporrondón o Sapo-Rondó
- Son Chocoano
- Tamborito Chocoano
- Villancico Chocoano
Pacific inter-Andean valleys
Guabina is a rhythm from the Andean Mountains
in Colombia. The features of this music are based on dances and lifestyles of the people from Antioquia
, and, Huila
The Guabina rhythm includes dancers, but it may be played without them. There is a version of the Guabina that is played faster and is called Torbellino.
Another type of Guabina, known as guabina-torbellino
, is a mixture of the instrumental torbellino and the sung guabina, particularly in its a cappella
format. Guabina is most popular in rural communities.
Other Andean Genres
- Bambuco fiestero
- Danza Criolla
- Porro Antioqueño
- Rumba Campesina
- Fandanguillo Criollo
Other Orinoco region genres
- Perro de Agua
- Juana Guerrero
- Moña or Moño
- Poema Llanero
was born among Puerto Ricans and Cubans, but soon spread to Colombia. Native salsa groups like Fruko y sus Tesos
and labels that recorded them like Discos Fuentes
emerged. Artists like Joe Arroyo
followed, inventing a distinctively Colombian form of salsa. Other influential Colombian salsa artists include Cristian Del Real
"The Timbal Genius", Grupo Niche
, La Misma Gente
, Los Titanes
, Los Nemus del Pacífico
, Orquesta Guayacán
, Grupo Galé
and La Sonora Carruseles
. Some of the most prolific composers in the genre are Jairo Varela
and Nino Caicedo whose compositions have been recorded by Grupo Niche and Orquesta Guayacán respectively. Several Cuban and Puerto Rican musicians who have established in Colombia, such as Diego Valdés and Israel Tanenbaum
, have collaborated with Colombians in salsa projects. Recently[when?]
Colombian dancers have become World Champions year after year and the style is becoming more popular and admired among Salsa professionals worldwide; with two of the most prominent salsa schools being Swing Latino
driven by the dance choreographer Eduardo 'El Mulato' Hernandez, and Constelación Latina driven by one of the world's most beloved dancers Jhoanna 'KKO' Agudelo. As a dance, Colombian Salsa is unique and different from New York/Puerto Rico and Cuban salsa. Colombian Salsa concentrates on footwork and does not incorporate cross-body leads. Dancers leave the upper part of the body still and relaxed while the feet do extremely fast and complex movements.
In the late 1950s, Mexican rock
artists like Enrique Guzmán
and César Costa
became very popular in Colombia. Soon, native rock bands
like Los Speakers
and The Flippers gained a wide following. Starting in 1967 (see 1967 in music
), native bands like Génesis
(unrelated to the more famous band Genesis
of a similar name) fused native musical forms (like cumbia) with rock. Marco, the voice of the Rock and Roll, was a pioneer and promoter of the "Rockabilly Colombian" performed with his unmistakable personal stamp in their own language. Virtuality is in their first recordings routed to the sensitive listener to enjoy the simplicity of rock bass, guitar and drums, combined into a whole to produce a very particular and in an atmosphere of a home recording studio, filled with reel tapes and three microphones mixed in mono line. (Marco Tulio Sanchez B) contributed to the Colombian rock and roll look to the past to remember our roots, dabbling in country and rockabilly music evokes Elvis Presley, is called today the "Elvis colombiano", awarded abroad for their ability on stage as a whole "Showman" and the unmistakable voice of Cronn rocker.
Rock in Colombia gained great popularity during the 1980s with the arrival of bands such as Soda Stereo
), Los Prisioneros
), and Hombres G
(Spain). During the 90's, many punk and heavy metal bands appeared in Bogotá, Medellín, and Cali. Colombia has possibly the biggest underground, hardcore, metal and punk movement of the continent, and is known in Latin America as the "punk corner". Kraken
are some of the most important Colombian rock bands
The music event Rock al Parque
celebrated yearly in Bogotá
is the largest free rock festival in Latin America; around 100 bands playing their music along 3 days and 400,000 people in attendance. Currently, Doctor Krápula
, a rock band with strong ska influences that is known for making covers of traditional Latin American songs, enjoys great popularity. A popular Colombian Rock band outside of Colombia is The Monas
named "Colombia's Hottest Band" in a Time
is one of the most recognized Rock bands of Colombia. "The band, made up of front woman Andrea Echeverri and bassist/producer Hector Buitrago, mixes punk, surf guitar and ska with folky Colombian styles such as vallenato, a bouncy, accordion-heavy genre".
Other popular and interesting bands are Ekhymosis, a group led by Juanes, who began making music in 1988 and are known for doing rock with a Colombian influence, The Hall Effect
who make English pop/rock linked with Britpop influences. SOUNDACITY
performs a mix of Brit rock, pop and Andean sounds, rhythms and instrumentation, sing both in English and Spanish and have toured the United States east coast. Proper Strangers is an avant-garde rock band. Two Way Analog is an eclectic band whose influence are roadmovies and its soundtracks, Divagash
is an electronic soft-rock band, La Pestilencia
is a post-hardcore band, Bajo Tierra
, Palenke Soultribe
(traditional Colombin roots music fused with electronic beats). But, possibly, the most successful "indie" band is Sidestepper
, with its fusion of Colombian traditional music, electronic and African rhythms, who already appeared in Coachella Festival
in 2006. Some musical groups in the death metal
genre are the world-famous Internal Suffering, Carnivore Diprosopus, Goretrade, Mindly Rotten, Suppuration, and Amputated Genitals. Colombia is also the birthplace of the well known black metal
, now based in Seattle, Washington. Miguel Fernando Trapezaris, the bassist of Cyprus
-based Epic power metal
band Winter's Verge
, is of Colombian descent.
during the world premiere of music video "Medellin" on MTV
Some of Colombia's most internationally recognized artists include the following:
is the highest selling and most recognized Colombian artist. After the success of her album Pies Descalzos
in 1995, Shakira began working with producer Emilio Estefan Jr. and recorded Dónde Están los Ladrones?
which sold millions worldwide. Proving herself as more than a "studio pop-diva"[promotion?]
in her MTV Unplugged
presentation, Shakira went on to make an English album Laundry Service
which debuted at #3 in the Billboard Charts of the USA.
Her most successful songs are "Hips Don't Lie
", which sold over 10 million copies and downloads worldwide, topped in over 70 countries #1, and the song "Whenever Wherever"
She is winner of 2 American and 7 Latin Grammies. 2008, Shakira was nominated for a Golden Globe.
Juanes is the most important Colombian artist of the last decade as he has said Billboard
magazine and the newspaper El Espectador
in Colombia due to the success of songs such as "Fíjate Bien
", "A Dios le Pido
", "La Camisa Negra
", "Me Enamora
" and Yerbatero
which have occupied at # 1 on the charts in America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand and albums Fíjate Bien
, Un Día Normal
, Mi Sangre
, La Vida... Es Un Ratico
Platinum release and P.A.R.C.E.
. Juanes was chosen by CNN
as a global icon
and is the youngest of the list.
His humanitarian activism has characterized him as the most supportive artist in the history of Spanish music.[promotion?]
Since he began in the music Juanes has broken records with the Latin Grammys
since their creation.
- Fanny Lú, from the southern city of Santiago de Cali has released three full-length albums, Lágrimas Cálidas, Dos and Felicidad y Perpetua. The first produced two hits, "No Te Pido Flores," and "Y Si Te Digo." The second,"Tú No Eres Para Mi and recently "Fanfarrón from her third studio album." She also serves as Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations.
- Maía, hailing from the same port city as Shakira, Barranquilla, the trilingual artist has topped the charts with several international hits including "Niña Bonita," "Se Me Acabó El Amor," and "Ingenuidad" from her debut album, El Baile de los Sueños.
- Ilona, a native of Colombia's capital city, Bogotá, she cut her teeth singing in the public transport bus service at the age of 15. She has released two full-length studio albums including Desde Mi Ventana and the Latin Grammy Award nominated Allá en el Sur.
- Carlos Vives, from the coastal city of Santa Marta, Vives is famous for fusing classic vallenato sounds with rock music. He has collaborated with diverse international artists such as Marc Anthony and Daddy Yankee as well as countrymen ChocQuibTown and Maluma.
- Naty Botero
- Paula Arenas
- Lucas Arnau
- Ali Stone
- Sebastian Yatra
Colombian urban and hip-hop music
came to Colombia in the late 1980s when a few US Hip-Hop tracks by NWA and MC Hammer spurred a break-dancing fever among the young of the less privileged areas of major cities such as Medellín, Cali and Bogotá. Towards the end of this decade groups began to form, eventually leading to complete album productions in the mid-1990s. La Etnnia
and Gotas de Rap
were two of the various hip-hop groups that emerged and are widely considered as the pioneers of Colombian Rap. Promoting a very independent style, both groups expressed extreme political and social views, protesting violence, corruption, inequality and hardships in the marginalized regions of Colombia. Then Asilo 38
from Cali come onto the scene with the albums, La Hoguera
(2000) and La Descarga
(2002), presenting a more commercial and polished sound, while still retaining strong socio-political messages.
It is about this time that Reggaeton
from Puerto Rico surges in popularity and Hip-Hop in Colombia takes a back seat for a while as artists try their hand at the new controversial sound. Artist(s) such as Tres Pesos
, J Balvin
have established themselves in this genre and hits such as 'Baila (Negra de trasero grande)' by Leka el Poeta
and the explixcitly worded 'La Quemona' and 'Micaela' by Master Boy
take the country by storm. Even the first ever Colombian 'X Factor' in 2006 produces a Reggaeton singer called Farina Pao Paucar Franco who places third in the competition.
Karol G is a Colombian reggaetón singer who has done collaborations with other reggaetón singers, such as J Balvin, Bad Bunny, and Maluma.
Throughout her career, Karol G has had troubles in the industry because reggaetón is a genre that is dominated by male artists. She recounts how when starting her career she noticed that there weren't many opportunities for her in the genre because reggaeton was dominated by male artists. In 2018, Karol G’s single Mi Cama became very popular and she made a remix with J Balvin and Nicky Jam. The Mi cama remix appeared in the top 10 Hot Latin Songs and number 1 in Latin Airplay charts.
This year she has collaborated with Maluma called Creeme and with Anuel AA in Culpables. The single, Culpables has been in the top 10 Hot Latin Songs for 2 consecutive weeks.
has always been popular in the Colombian Caribbean islands of San Andres and Providence and Spanish Reggae from Panama has helped to strengthen the movement of Reggae artists in the Colombian interior. Artists such as Voodoo Soul Jah
, Nawal and Alerta Kamarada
(Colombian representatives in the Jamaican Reggae festival) are currently spearheading this ever more popular genre in Colombia.
2006 brings a renaissance in Colombian Hip-Hop
in the form of Afro-Colombian group ChocQuibTown
, fusing traditional rhythms and instruments from their native lands in the Colombian Pacific into their sound. Already hailed as the new phenemomenon in Colombian Hip-Hop, their popularity is ever increasing and making way for other Urban artists to emerge. One such artist is Jiggy Drama
, from the island of San Andres, who has become one of the most loved and controversial rap artist in Colombia, his lyrics are spicy and intelligent. Jiggy Drama
collaborated with Colombian Party Cartel
on the urban merengue track "Chico Malo". *On the international stage Aztek Escobar
based in Houston, Colombian Party Cartel
based in Nashville, Tres Coronas
based in New York, Adassa
based in Miami and 3 of the seven-man group of Culcha Candela
in Berlin, Germany are representing Colombian urban music worldwide.
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