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Latin Roots - Afro-Colombian

Latin Roots: Two Sides Of Afro-Colombian Music –The Pacific Coast with Catalina Maria Johnson

Colombia has a large Afro Colombian population, up to 80% of the country is of African descent. Our Latin Roots guest today, Catalina Maria Johnson, from the Chicago based program Beat Latino, plays music from the coastal areas where that population is concentrated. It turns out that geography plays a major part in what the music sounds like.

Today we hear music from the Pacific coast which is dominated by marimba. UNESCO named marimba and the traditional chants of South Pacific Columbia a "Masterpiece of Intangible Heritage of Humanity." Catalina will play a traditional example from Grupo Naidy and then we get to hear how Herencia De Timbiqui puts a younger, more contemporary spin on that tradition. Next time we’ll hear completely different music from the Afro-Colombian population from the Caribbean Coast. Catalina has included a Spotify playlist for further enjoyment!

Latin Roots is made possible by a grant from the Wyncote Foundation.

Session Setlist
Grupo Naidy / "UNA MANANITA" / "Arriba Suena Marimba: Currulao Marimba Music From Columbia"
Herencia de Timbiqui /"Y QUE" / "Tambó"


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