Music Monday

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 you in the mood to party Carnaval style.

“Checazo Carnavalero” by Checo Acosta is the new Carnaval song of the year. Released at the end of 2016, just in time for this year’s festivities, it’s playing everywhere.

“Carnaval de Amor” by Peter Manjarrés & Sergio Luís Rodríguez Ft. Bazurto All Stars was the big song last year. It’s one of my favorite vallenato songs, actually.  The singer also has another song out right now that’s huge and stuck in my head 60% of the time – check it out here.

Okay, so the next one isn’t really a Carnaval song. It’s not Colombian. It’s not even in Spanish! But whoever’s in charge of things this year is really trying to make this a big Carnaval song. “Pemba Laka” is a song made by musicians around the world who form a collective band called Playing for Change (it’s pretty cool – you should be sure to look at the original video here). For the purposes of this post, I’m sharing the Carnaval version, so you can experience a bit of the party.

In the United States there are always a few big hits in the summer that help mark the passage of time and create a soundtrack for our late-night sunny memories; here there are a few big hits in Carnaval season that help create a soundtrack for our late-night espuma and neon-filled memories. These are two of them, and are the earworms stuck in my head the other 40% of the time.


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