The marimba is a popular instrument in the Afro-Latin tradition.

The marimba is a popular instrument in the Afro-Latin tradition.

Bolívar Plaza in Bagotà

Bolívar Plaza in Bagotà

Bogotá, the capital of Colombia.

Bogotá, the capital of Colombia.

Tayrona National Park. Credit: Flickr user noam_fein

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.

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 - 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.

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 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.

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 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..."

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 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.

¡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 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.

¡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.

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