21 Days of Musica Latina: Colombia
Editor's Note: To commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month this year, World Cafe is going on a musical tour of Latin America. Every weekday from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, we'll spotlight the music of a different Latin American country with a curated playlist of essential tracks, fresh voices and wild cards.
We close out our musical tour of Latin America in "the land of a thousand rhythms," and there truly are so many that have come out of Colombia.
Chief among them, perhaps, is cumbia. A musical innovation that exemplifies Latinidad, cumbia is what happens when three distinct worlds collide. Now, this synthesis of African, American Indigenous and Spanish rhythms has flowed to every corner of Latin America.
This mix includes Colombian artists who were instrumental in the development and spread of cumbia like Lucho Bermúdez and Totó la Momposina, as well as students of its history like Bomba Estéreo.
Colombia also boasts some of the biggest stars in Latin American music. This playlist includes hits from Juanes, Carlos Vives, Shakira and Karol G, who broke streaming records this year with her album Mañana Será Bonito.
Colombia is also home to a rich world of pop and dance music, full of up-and-coming artists like Loyal Lobos, VALÉ and Sinego. And, while she probably doesn't qualify as an up-and-comer anymore, we had to include a cut from Kali Uchis' sumptuous 2023 record, Red Moon in Venus.
And that's a wrap! You can head to World Cafe's Latin Roots page to revisit the 500+ songs we've explored during these 21 Days of Musica Latina.
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