Colombia, one of the Spanish speaking countries with the largest diversity of musical culture, styles and genres, posibbly even the most. Traditional music that is native to the country includes, Cumbia, Llanero (shared with Venezuela in the plains region), Vallenato (also shared with Venezuela), Joropo, Mapele, and the more obscure musical sounds of Andean Bambuco (sounds like a cool name for a dog), and Currulao
Previously we have written about the richness of the music that has developed over time in Spanish-speaking Mexico. But Colombia is one of those countries that has influenced the likes of their cousins the Mexicans. Colombian cumbia- the original cumbia, entered Mexico as it did many other Latin American countries till they developed their own style.
When it comes to more modern music Colombia are also at the forefront. Salsa has been adopted by Colombians with gusto. The countries salsa’s capital is the city of Calí. Colombians love their salsa music, they have a certain way to move their hips which other non-salsa countries just can’t seem to get the hang of, which can be seen in the way that sexy Colombian Shakira dances. They have taken salsa, given it a home and then, added to its repertoire so much that you’d really wonder whether it came from Cuba or Colombia. Some of the most celebrated artists in salsa come from Colombia, and their songs tell the story. Groups like Grupo Niche one of the biggest modern names in salsa, Orquestra Guyacan, Joe Arroyo, Fruko y Sus Tesos etc all hail from Colombia. And songs like Calí Pachanguero, Del Puente Pa’Alla (Juanchito- a suburb of Calí where all the rumba goes down), will make you feel that they actually own the salsa. According to Colombian Salsa in Wikepdia
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.
Modern rock is equally innovative in Colombia. The first names that spring to mind are Shakira, known both in the Spanish and English-speaking world, and multi award winning Juanes. No matter where you go in the Spanish speaking world, chances are you’ve heard a group of young people singing along to his biggest song “A Dios lo Pido“. Other popular bands are those like Aterciopelados, Gian Marco with his great acoustic song “Se Me Olvido”, Sidestepper, Mas Papaya
Our 5 favourite traditional music songs from Colombia are
1 Matilde Lina- Carlos Vives
2 Cali Pachanguero- Grupo Niche
3 Cuando Hablan Las Miradas- Orquestra Guayacan
4 Del Puente Pa’Alla- Grupo Niche
5 Me Gusta- Silvestre Dangond
Our 5 favourite popular music songsa are:
1 A Dios Lo Pido- Juanes
2 La Camisa Negra- Juanes
3 Se Me Olvido- Gian Marco
4 Mas Papaya- Sidestepper
5 Rompacabezas- Aterciopelados
Let’s put this one out to you. What are you 5 favourite Colombian Rock‘n’roll (popular music-musica popular) songs of all time?