Category: Music

Music Monday: Grupo Niche

I am not a salsa lover. Well, that’s not strictly true. In Spanish, salsa is the word for sauce or condiment, which I love, as well as the name of a music genre and dance. I love the kind of salsa that goes on food, I can appreciate some of the music and dance. It has been […]

Music Monday: Mr Black

Edwin Antequera is not a good name for a champeta urbana star. This genre needs cred – and for that, you need a good stage name. Take, for example, one of the best-known champeta stars: Twister El Rey. Twister the King. He’s got a name that is making a bold declaration. And as Israel Gómez Monterrosa has declared […]

Music Monday: what’s hot

Today for Music Monday, here are three of the most popular songs on the coast of Colombia right now. J Balvin & Willy William – Mi Gente I’ve featured J Balvin before; his song “Safari” is one of my favorites to dance to. Well, now “Mi Gente” is on that favorites list, too. This one […]

Music Monday: Maluma

Like all the most popular urban musical artists in Colombia, Maluma isn’t the real name of the singer. Juan Luis Londoño Arias just isn’t very catchy or unique, so he created a stage name by combining the first syllables of his family members’ names (Marlli, Luis, and Manuela). Maluma’s songs – at least the most popular […]

Music Monday: J Balvin

J Balvin (full name José Álvaro Osorio Balvin, shares a birthday with my brother Barry) is a singer who makes…romantic reggaetón? Urban Latin music? Something like that. His songs have that drum machine boom boom tsa boom boom tsa beat, but a) are primarily singing, sans rap and b) are less disgustingly degrading to women […]

Music Monday: Despacito

Normally in these Music Monday features, I highlight a Colombian singer or band. Today is a bit different. I am actually going to share a song with you rather than an artist….and the artist isn’t Colombian. Or rather, none of the artists involved are Colombian. What the heck am I even doing?! Sharing a piece […]

Music Monday: Martín Elías (que descanse en paz)

On Friday around 1:30pm I was sitting with a few other Peace Corps Volunteers at a restaurant eating lunch. Suddenly we realized that the restaurant was getting crowded with people watching the television. Big news had just broken: vallenato star Martín Elías had died after a major car crash earlier that day. I immediately realized that this […]

Music Monday: Manuel Medrano

When I first arrived at my home in Puerto Colombia, my 21 year-old host sister only listened to one song. Time and time and time and time again. It was “Una y Otra Vez” by Manuel Medrano. To be honest, I didn’t mind hearing the song time and time again (which, by the way, is […]

Music Monday: Twister “el rey”

There are four main styles of music popular here on the Caribbean coast of Colombia: vallenato, salsa, reggaetón, and champeta. If you’ve been following along, I’ve written about vallenato before. Salsa you might be familiar with from dancing or watching people dance. Reggaetón is popular in the United States (at least with Spanish-speakers), although if you’re my mom, you’re probably like “reggae what? a ton […]

Music Monday: Songs for Carnaval

It’s the Monday of Carnaval. Two days of partying complete (okay – let’s be real – it’s been a month of partying already), two to go. Whether you’re here in Colombia celebrating, reading this while stuck in an office at work, or at home on a dreary boring day, I’ve got the music to put […]

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