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Joe Arroyo

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...The Colombian singer Joe Arroyo began singing in his working-class community but eventually rose to become one of the best-known interpreters of Caribbean music in his nation. Born in 1955 in the northern state of Bolivar, Arroyo began...

Pacho Galán

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...The Colombian composer Pacho Galán was responsible for multiple rhythmic and compositional innovations within orchestral music in Colombia specifically and Latin America generally. Born in 1906, Galán worked at a young age as a delivery boy...
...In being one of the first composers to adapt Colombian traditional idioms for an orchestra, Lucho Bermúdez changed the musical culture of Latin America. Born in the department of Bolivar in 1912, Bermúdez studied music in Santa Marta and,...

Carlos Vives

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...Carlos Alberto Vives Restrepo is a Colombian singer-songwriter and actor born on August 7, 1961, in Santa Marta, Columbia. He is known for his broad range of performing talents as well as his musical efforts within vallenato, a Colombian...

Gaita (Colombia)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...In Colombia, the word gaita refers to three things: a traditional wind instrument found along the country’s northern coast; the instrumental ensemble to which it belongs; and a type of fast cumbia, a common dance genre from...

Bandola

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...The bandola is a small flat-backed chordophone found mostly in Colombia and Venezuela. Related to the Spanish bandurria—a 12-string chordophone—this instrument has a pear shape and a short neck. Modern Colombian or Andean bandolas have...

Mapalé

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...The mapalé is a dance and musical genre characteristic of the Caribbean coastal region of Colombia. As a cultural practice, mapalé is said to have originated as early as the 1600s among slaves from the western coast of Africa – Congo...

Tambora

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...In northern Colombia, traditional chants and dances intertwine in a genre known as baile cantado (chanted dance), generally performed by a vocal soloist (cantador or cantadora), a mixed choir, a percussion ensemble and danced by one couple....

Merecumbé

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...The origin of merecumbé is closely linked to the myth of the creation of ‘Ay cosita linda’ (Oh Beautiful Thing), a 1955 tune by Colombian composer Francisco ‘Pacho’ Galán. There are many versions for the origin of the song: in one, Galán...

Bambuco

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...Bambuco is a musical and dance genre from Colombia that was distributed across Venezuela, Cuba, the Yucatán Peninsula, and other Caribbean regions. It is usually written in 3/4 or 6/8 meter or in an alternation of both. Bambuco, which...