This album was $2 . I got it for my continual search for Colombian music. At this point, I have not written a post in a good month and a half. I like getting ahead of myself but find that it is almost impossible to keep the website current, since I am still reflecting on things going on in November.
As discussed somewhere in this blog, I went to Bogota, Colombia back around 2011 or so, maybe 2010. I went for an oil show, which was beyond awesome. During this time, I was exposed to several forms of local music at the exhibitors booths. There were various bands, similar to what is on this record with horns, harps, and guitars. There was also a few exotic dancers, a gymnast who came down from the ceiling, a Argentinian couple doing the tango, and for one brief moment, a Brazilian samba group took over the show.
There was a lot of harp and a lot of saxophone as well in a weird Colombian style. There was the rolling whiskey cart. There was some Colombian rapper in a pink hat as well as a bunch of oil executives doing the limbo and conga lines. On top of this, there were local street artists as well.
Anyway, these pictures are from that show, back in the day when I had a crappy camera or perhaps a crappy camera phone. Either way, after looking at these pictures, I was taken aback at just how much music/culture I was exposed to during this Oil Show. This is also on top of the graffiti and radio music I documented in an earlier post.
Anyway, here is this, 12 songs written by Colombian composer Leonor de Valencia, from Ibague, the musical capital of Colombia. These songs are performed by Nestor and Jorge, whom even less is known. Not really feeling out research today. Not sure when this came out, but here we are with a good collection of local songs from the coffee belt of Colombia.
For a sample, I went with “Sanjuanero” and “Cafe suave de Colombia” as I have been struggling to make up my mind these last two weeks (or next two weeks- I guess it is a question between my writing these and you reading these).