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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...

Música Costeña

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The term ‘música costeña’ literally means ‘music of the coast.’ The term is most current in Colombia, where it refers to music associated with the country’s Caribbean coastal region, although the term may also be heard in Mexico, to refer...

Joe Arroyo

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...The Colombian singer Joe Arroyo began singing in his working-class community but eventually rose to become one of the best-known interpreters of Caribbean music in his nation. Born in 1955 in the northern state of Bolivar, Arroyo began...
...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,...

Porro

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Porro originated in the Caribbean coastal region of Colombia. Although it is identified by folklorists as a variant of cumbia, played by the same small ensembles based on drums, rattles and cane flutes, it is commonly spoken...

Carlos Vives

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Cartagena

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

Continuum, 2016

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...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...

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...

Monterrey

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 3,400,000 (2003) Monterrey is the capital city of Nuevo Leon, a state located in the northeastern part of Mexico. The city is an important commercial, financial and industrial center....

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...