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Gaita (Colombia)

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...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...

Mapalé

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...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

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...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....

Chucu-Chucu

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...In the late 1960s, after the climax of the golden age of the tropical musical orquesta, a new kind of música tropical emerged in Colombia, known as chucu-chucu or raspa. The name chucu-chucu is an onomatopoeic and somewhat derogatory...

Merecumbé

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...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...

Música de Marimba (Colombia and Ecuador)

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...‘Música de marimba’ is a general term used to refer to a group of Afro-Colombian and Ecuadorian traditional musical genres, specifically those practiced along, and identified with, the coastal strip running through southern Colombia...

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...

Cumbia

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Cumbia is the best-known Colombian genre and has been referred to as the ‘musical synthesis of the Colombian nation’ (Zapata Olivella 1962). The term refers to styles of music and dance. Cumbia has a ‘folkloric’ or ‘traditional’ expression,...
...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,...

Champeta

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...In the context of Afro-Colombian Spanish, the word ‘champeta’ literally means a long and wide knife, the kind often used in violent incidents among hoodlums frequenting a seaport district. Within a certain social context – Caribbean...