A Guided Tour Of Colombian Music, From The Mountains To The Coasts : Alt.Latino Veteran radio host Betto Arcos has just returned from a trip to Colombia, and he comes to Alt.Latino bearing gifts — including a deep dive into the country's best folk and contemporary music.
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A Guided Tour Of Colombian Music, From The Mountains To The Coasts

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A Guided Tour Of Colombian Music, From The Mountains To The Coasts

A Guided Tour Of Colombian Music, From The Mountains To The Coasts

A Guided Tour Of Colombian Music, From The Mountains To The Coasts

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You're likely to come across these sombreros vueltiaos on your Colombian tour — the hat is a national symbol. Luiz Barucke/Flickr hide caption

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You're likely to come across these sombreros vueltiaos on your Colombian tour — the hat is a national symbol.

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This week, we take a long drive along the mountain roads, high planes, tropical coastlines and large urban centers of Colombia.

NPR News contributor Betto Arcos is in control of the car's CD/cassette/8-track player, and he's blasting a mix of contemporary and traditional sounds. Along the way, he fills us in on the backstories of the artists, as well as the history of the different folk genres.

Colombia is a diverse country reflecting the legacies of Spain, Africa, indigenous cultures and a mix of the above. So the music is a fascinating mashup — one of the most compelling blends you'll find anywhere on the planet.

So settle in, buckle up and let Alt.Latino open new musical worlds for you — or help you hear familiar sounds in new ways.

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03I a Kelé Kandá

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    I a Kelé Kandá
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    This Is Gozar Timbiqui Edition
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    Herencia de Timbiqui
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    Bombo
    Released
    2015

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Herencia De Timbiquí

  • Song: I a Kelé Kandá
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This Is Gozar Timbiqui Edition
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This Is Gozar Timbiqui Edition
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Herencia de Timbiqui
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Bombo
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02Rompe Pecho

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Rancho Aparte Chirimía

  • Song: Rompe Pecho
  • from Poniéndote a Gozar

03Gaita de Las Flores

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    Gaita de Las Flores
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    Sus Grandes Exitos
    Artist
    Lucho Bermudez
    Label
    Vedisco
    Released
    1995

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Lucho Bermúdez

  • Song: Gaita de Las Flores
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05Diosa Coronada

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    Diosa Coronada
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    20 Clasicos Vallenatos
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    Colacho Mendoza/Ivo Diaz
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    Yoyo USA
    Released
    2005

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Colacho Mendoza e Ivo Díaz

  • Song: Diosa Coronada
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15Si No Se Pudo Pues No Se Pudo

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    Si No Se Pudo Pues No Se Pudo
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    El Dorado - 20 años
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    Victoria Sur
    Released
    2115

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Victoria Sur

  • Song: Si No Se Pudo Pues No Se Pudo
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2016

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03Oye Mi Mamá (Afrobeat)

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    Oye Mi Mamá (Afrobeat)
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    Petronica
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    Petrona Martinez
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    2015

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  • Song: Oye Mi Mamá (Afrobeat)
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01La Antropología

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    La Antropología
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    Carmelo Torres & Los Toscos
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    2015

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Carmelo Torres & Los Toscos

  • Song: La Antropología
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