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She's a Colombian national treasure, keeping the flame of music alive when it seemed to be burning out, and becoming an international star by simply doing what she does. The brass shows the European heritage of the island of Mompos, while the rhythms derive from Africa and many of the traditions and melodies are indigenous, making for a unique blend, most obvious in the cumbia beats that power a few tracks here, but notably the pulsing opener, "Manita Uribe," which could fill any dancefloor anywhere in the world, both powerful and soulful. If cumbia was all this album had to offer it would be enough, especially if Totó La Momposina were singing in her sensual, persuasive voice. But instead, as with much of her recorded work, it runs the gamut from the folkloric, with cactus wood flutes, to the more primal, very African drumming of "Tenbandumba." It's the very real sound of Colombia, from the villages rather than the cities, the grassroots rather than shiny pop music. But it's as addictive, and certainly more real, than any pop confection. She's a gem, and this album just adds to the weight of her worth.

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Biography

Born: 01 August 1940 in Bolivar, Columbia

Genre: Salsa and Tropical

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Totó La Momposina exemplifies the living tradition of Colombian folk music, having carefully studied and performed her native song and dance for several decades. Colombia's indigenous music is a heavily rhythmic hybrid of Spanish, native South American, and Afro-Cuban influences, and La Momposina mastered its different styles and rhythmic variations so well that she was invited to perform at the 1982 Nobel Prize ceremony for Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez. La Momposina was born in the...
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