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Ayombe!: The Heart of Colombia's Musica Vallenata


  • 1. Blanco y Negro, A
    2. lo Tuyo T, A
    3. Pedazo de Acorden
    4. Cadenas
    5. Botellita, La
    6. Fidelina
    7. Caaguatera, La
    8. Mi Poema
    9. Merengue
    10. Sin Ti (Without You)
    11. Consentida, La
    12. Matilde Lina
    13. Celos
    14. Puya
    15. Ausencia Sentimental
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 740546

  • Credits
    ProducerCarlos Hernandez
    EngineerBritt Amador; Jess Garca

    Personnel: Ivo Diaz, Fabian Corrales, Isaac Carrillo, Riquelme Carrillo, Reynaldo Diaz, Silvio Brito (vocals); Luis Angel Pastor, Jos Vsquez (guitar); Jhonny Gmez, Luis Carlos Farfn, Nafer Durn, Omar Geles, Orangel "El Pangue" Maestre (accordion); Jess Vervantes, Jesus Cervantes (congas); Jaine Maestre, Gusmaldo Kammerer (guacharaca).
    Audio Mixer: Pete Reiniger.
    Recording information: Omar Geles Studio, Valledupar, Cesar, Colombia.
    Author: Carlos Vives.
    Translator: Carolina Santamara Delgado.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Daniel Cole.
    Two rural Colombian states--La Guajira and Cesar--on the Venezuela border in the lowlands between two mountain ranges gave rise to "musica vallenata," or music of the valley, a late 20th-century Colombian pop phenomenon featuring rapid-fire accordion lines. Called by Grammy-winning Colombian singer Carlos Vives "Elvises of the Magdalena River," its players combine old folk traditions of the Magdalena river valley with decidely modern pulses, such as lightning-quick tempos, hollered melodies, and electric bass. Smithsonian-Folkways fantastic collection, AYOMBE! THE HEART OF COLOMBIA'S MUSICA VALLENATA, features 25 ace musicians from three different generations playing a variety of puyas, sons, paseos, and Colombian merengues.

  • Critic Reviews
    The Beat (Magazine) (p.15) - "[S]tand back and give Alejo Duran plenty of room as he tears through the fastest of all vallenato styles, the puya, on 'Pedazo do Acordeon'..."
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