The marimba is a popular instrument in the Afro-Latin tradition.
Bolívar Plaza in Bagotà
Bogotá, the capital of Colombia.
Tayrona National Park. Credit: Flickr user noam_fein
In March 2010 Amilkar Ariza revealed his more recent work, the monumental sculpture of "La Pilonera" a woman dancing the traditional dance of the north coast of Colombia (Caribbean coast) and it portraits the image of Mrs. Consuelo Araujonoguera, a former head of the Ministry of the Cultural Affairs in Colombia who was killed by the FARC guerrilla during a rescue attempt by the Colombian Army.
Un Fuego de Sangre Pura: Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto from Colombia
Un Fuego de Sangre Pura: Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto from Colombia - With Un Fuego de Sangre Pura (A Fire of Pure Blood), the roots of the cumbia thrive in the music of Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto from Colombia’s violence-torn Caribbean hinterlands. The sounds of long-tubed gaita flutes, unique drums, and maraca stoke the fire of the cumbia and of other regional dances—the fast-paced puya and porro, the cadential gaita corrida, and the bullerengue.
Sí, soy llanero: Joropo Music from the Orinoco Plains of Colombia
Sí, soy llanero: Joropo Music from the Orinoco Plains of Colombia by Grupo Cimarrón - From the plains of eastern Colombia, the joropo's syncopated drive and top-of-the-lungs singing proclaim a cattle-herding mestizo people proud of their homeland. Percussive harp techniques and fast-picking bandola guitar rise upon a bedrock rhythm of cuatro guitar, bass, and maracas to produce the signature plains sound.
Music of Colombia
Music of Colombia by Various Artists - "These recordings were made in 1951 by Dr. Andrew H. Whiteford in the little city of Popayán, in southwestern Colombia. Two types of traditional music are found in Popayán: the murga and the chirimía. The Spanish word murga means ‘a wandering band of street musicians.’ It is sometimes called a conjunto. Musical groups called chirimías are found in many parts of Colombia particularly in the Departament of Cauca..."
¡Cimarrón! Joropo Music from the Plains of Colombia
¡Cimarrón! Joropo Music from the Plains of Colombia by Cimarrón - Through their powerful, moody, and unbridled sound, they live up to the meaning of their name Cimarrón—“wild bull.” This is the second Smithsonian Folkways album for the GRAMMY-nominated and internationally acclaimed Colombian ensemble.
¡Ayombe! The Heart of Colombia's Música Vallenata
¡Ayombe! The Heart of Colombia's Música Vallenata by Various Artists - This release features two dozen seasoned vallenato performers spanning three generations, playing polished renditions of the music they know best-paseos, merengues, sones, and puyas.