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...The Colombian vallenato composer Guillermo Buitrago’s output overshadowed his short career: his music became a staple of the country’s Christmas celebrations. Born in Magdalena, Colombia in 1920, Buitrago’s first instrument was the guitar....

—Discos Fuentes (Colombia)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume I : Media, Industry and Society

Continuum, 2003

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...Discos Fuentes was the first Colombian record company and has remained one of the three top national labels, alongside Sonolux and Codiscos. It specializes in música tropical, including Colombian styles (porro, cumbia and vallenato...

Vallenato

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Vallenato is accordion music from the Caribbean coastal region of Colombia. From local and obscure origins, in the last two to three decades of the twentieth century it became the best-selling Colombian style in the country, overtaking...

Medellín

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume III : Locations: Caribbean and Latin America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 1,955,753 (2003) Capital of Colombia’s department of Antioquia, which is located in the central Andean region, Medellín was politically and culturally the dominant center of Spanish settlement...

Bogotá

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume III : Locations: Caribbean and Latin America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 6,850,205 (2003) Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, was founded in 1536. Located on a temperate highland plateau within the Andean region, Bogotá is, in terms of population, geography...

Colombia

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume III : Locations: Caribbean and Latin America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 39,309,422 (1999) Colombia is located in the northwestern corner of South America, and has extensive Caribbean and Pacific coastlines. A so-called ‘country of regions,’ its historical geography is central...