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Cimarrón Performs Multi-Cultural  Colombian Roots Music on 'Orinoco'

Grammy-nominated group Cimarrón performs modern Colombian roots music on energetic new album Orinoco.

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Sergent Garcia: Una y Otra Vez

Imagine if Theodor Adorno wrote Disney princess songs -- only, you know, with a salsa band.

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Various Artists: The Afrosound of Colombia Vol. 1

Two and a half hours of catchy and curious tracks from Fruko y Sus Tesos, Wganda Kenya, and others involved in the golden period of Afro-influenced, funked-up tropical music recorded by the legendary Discos Fuentes label.

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Anibal Velásquez y Su Conjunto: Mambo Loco

The only downside of this compilation is its brevity; it's a short, sweet dose of tropical medicine that will doubtless leave listeners wanting more.

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Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro: Tradition in Transition

For the bulk of this album, Quantic and his combo don't put a foot wrong. The result is a modern fusion sound based on Colombian rhythms infused with Brazilian string arrangements, Panamanian soul, and some wonderful salsa piano.

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Various: The Rough Guide to Colombian Street Party

This is exactly how a party album from a respected world music label should be handled.

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Various: The Roots of Chicha

The Roots of Chicha jogs along on a wave of good humour, jaunty male singing, and an overall vibe of pride and pleasure.

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Putumayo: Women of the World

Despite the different springs feeding into these women's inspirational homes, the album is successful at uniting these unique, accomplished musicians.

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Various: Colombia!

The album almost giggles with verve.


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