Category: Music

Let’s Dance

Babies everywhere like to dance, right? They do that little bob where they bend their knees and kind of nod their heads. Babies here do that too…but by the time those toddlers hit two, they can already shake their hips and do body rolls that put all of my dance moves to shame. Costeños are […]

Music Monday: Silvestre Dangond

Silvestre Dangond: the man that my host sister refers to as “el amor de mi vida” (the love of my life). He’s one of the most popular modern vallenato singers, but I didn’t know who he was until I saw him on TV. Silvestre, like the last three artists I featured, was a judge for a TV singing […]

Music Monday: Gusi (& sometimes Beto)

Way back in November I started out on this mission to feature the three judges from Colombian reality show La Voz Teens for Music Monday.  First I wrote about pop/hip-hop band ChocQuibTown, then I highlighted ballad man Andrés Cepeda. I kind of got stuck there; listening to all of those ballads were a bit torturous for me, and I wasn’t […]

Music Monday: Andrés Cepeda

A couple weeks ago, I published the first in a series of three posts about the coaches of La Voz: Teen (The Voice: Teen) about the group ChocQuibTown, the group I was already most familiar with. Today comes the second in the series, which will focus on Andrés Cepeda. Cepeda started out in the 90’s in a […]

Music Monday: ChocQuibTown

A typical night of Colombian primetime network television looks like this: an hour of news, an hour of a reality show, and 1-2 hours of novelas. I don’t love novelas; many of them are overly dramatic and/or cheesy. But I sure do love the reality TV shows. So far I’ve watched Bailando con las estrellas (Dancing with […]

Music Monday: Vallenato: the soul of the coast

When I started doing Music Mondays, I knew I’d have to feature vallenato at some point because it’s an integral part of the culture of coastal Colombia…but I was putting it off because while it’s a genre I hear constantly, I know nothing about it or its artists. Fortunately, my friend and fellow Peace Corps Volunteer […]

Music Monday: Los Amigos Invisibles

Up until now, all of my Music Monday posts have featured Colombian artists. When I discovered the music of Los Amigos Invisibles, a Venezuelan Latin-funk band, I knew they had to be my first deviation. The band’s groovy beats and daring lyrics are irresistible to me (well, at least my booty, which just starts shaking […]

Music Monday: Maía

I stumbled across Maía (that’s Ma-EE-a, not Ma-ya) while looking for popular champeta artists to highlight. Maía is not a champeta artist. She just sang a song with a popular champeta artist and then made a dance music video. I saw the video on a champeta Facebook page and thought, “This isn’t the typical stuff; what else does she […]

Soy yo: on confidence and being you

Seven year-old me and twenty-nine year-old me are pretty similar. We love making silly faces, we love being artsy and craftsy despite lacking creativity, we love to dance, and we don’t really care what other people think about us. The same is not true for eleven year-old me. By eleven I had glasses, bigger boobs than […]

Music Monday: Puerto Candelaria

When I stumbled upon this band last week, I knew they would be today’s feature. I think Ben would have liked them – or at least been amused by them. Puerto Candelaria is a 6-person band out of Medellín that plays what they call “cumbia underground.” They take the cumbia rhythms that are so important […]

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Hey! I'm Brianna Hope, a born & bred midwesterner embarking on an adventure as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia. I am clumsy, I spill a lot, and I share most of my interests with 6 year-olds.

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