A significant part of Colombian identity and music comes from Africa. However, not enough of a spotlight is shined on Afro-Colombian culture, artists, and their achievements. This primer will introduce you to some of the classic musicians, and newer groups, who represent the Afro-Colombian experience.
Totó la Momposina
You can’t have a list of Afro-Colombian music without including Totó la Momposina. The singer, born Sonia Bazanta Vides, has been representing her African and Indigenous background through cumbia and bullerengue music since the 1950s. Some of her well-known songs include “Prende la vela,” “Yo me llamo cumbia,” and “El pescador.”