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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...

Merecumbé

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...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...
...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,...

Cartagena

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

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Population: 902,688 (2003) Capital of the department of Bolívar in the Colombian Caribbean region, Cartagena was founded in 1533 and was one of the most important cities of the Spanish Empire during the colonial...

Colombia

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

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...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...