Nestor y Jorge y su conjunto- Festival de Colombia

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).

Satisfactory record.

Magda Franco- ST

DSCN2483This was a dollar.  The Beehive on the cover got me.

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I tried finding out something about Magda Franco but mostly got loose ends.  Based on what I could translate, she began singing as a child.  Her parents, noticing her gift, got her lessons.  She may have won a tv contest which propelled her career.  It would appear she has worked closely with mariachi Roman Palomar on this and other albums.  I am guessing her profile period was late 60’s/ early 70’s .  Magda Franco 1a

She may have been nicknamed “The Doll”. It would also appear she put out maybe 7 or 8 albums.  I am assuming she is from Colombia but she could also be from Mexico, partly based on the fact that this is ECO Record distributed by Sunshine Records.   After all that, I am not sure if Franco is alive or not. I know she was alive 5 years ago.cd-29

I like this album.  Franco does have a good strong voice.  The music is also well done.  It is what I would consider the Mexican ballad style complete with proper instrumentation.  The songs I liked the most were “Infamia”, “Hoy Manana Y Despues”, “Aqui Me Tienes Senor”, “Vidita Mia” and “Ojitos Traidores”.DSCN2484

For samples, I went with “Vidita Mia” which sounds similar to the Mexican song turned Venture’s instrumental “Perfidia”.  I also liked “Ojitos Traidores” which utilizes a male backup vocal section.  The title translates into “Traitor Eyes”.  You can hear this sentiment in Franco’s voice.

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Satisfactory record.