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La Bodega

by Totó la Momposina

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kocho I have never been to Latin America, but I feel its wind and sky in her voice. Favorite track: Yo Me Llamo Cumbia.
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Manita Uribe 05:02
Margarita 05:13
Fidelina 03:17
Tembandumba 04:33
Fiesta Vieja 06:24


69 and still going strong, Totó La Momposina is the voice of Afro-Colombian music, a genuine Queen of Cumbia whose entire life has been dedicated to the music of her country s Caribbean coastline. Gone are the days when this music was disparaged and its heritage denied, today it is heard throughout the world and artists who have sampled or used her work include Timbaland (his Indian Flute samples Totó s Curura ), Manu Chao (he borrowed a chorus from La Verdolaga ) and Michel Cleis, in his 2009 cumbia-house mega hit La Mezcla , sampled lead vocals and more from Totó s El Pescador . La Bodega , her new album, captures all the energy and range of her career so far. With Afro-Colombian percussion, blazing horns, traditional gaita flutes and rippling guitar, this upbeat set of new compositions and vintage classics, gives us Totó La Momposina at her rootsy sparkling best. Because, at heart, Totó is still a cantadora, the village woman who does everything from the healing with herbs and giving marital advice, to running celebrations and leading the songs. It s just that today, her village is our world.


released June 30, 2010


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Totó la Momposina

Totó La Momposina’s entire life has been dedicated to representing the music of Colombia’s Caribbean coastline. As a singer, dancer and teacher she embodies that fertile place where Colombia’s African, Indigenous Indian and Spanish cultures mingle to create a unique musical tradition. Totó is not only its greatest interpreter, but also a restless innovator. ... more

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