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Land of winds > Music > Reviews | Issue 06. Jul.-Aug.2011
By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

The five albums chosen for this issue try to present a Colombian music scene as wide and varied as possible, ranging from early duets and trios to present-day ensembles and to the bands adhering to the “New Song” movement in Latin America.

Los grandes duetos de Colombia
Los grandes duetos de Colombia – vol. 1
(Yoyo USA – 2007)
1. Me volví viejo – 2. Negrita – 3. María Antonia – 4. Amor marino – 5. La lancha – 6. El regreso – 7. Tálamo de rosas – 8. Antioqueñita – 9. Yo también tuve 20 años – 10. El limonar – 11. Aunque lo niegues – 12. Canoita – 13. Noches de Cartagena – 14. Señora María Rosa
This set of 6 CDs (of which only the first one is included here) brings together a careful collection of recordings by the best known duets of Colombia. The listener will find the pasillo, the danza, the bambuco and the pasacalle rhythms in the hands and voices of famous artists such as Garzón and Collazos, Silva and Villalba, Los Hermanos Martínez, the Dueto de Antaño and Obdulio and Julián.
Since many of these recordings are unavailable, it turns necessary to resort to compilations in order to know the past of Colombian Andean music, which continues being admired at present and perpetuated by new generations of musicians.
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Jorge Velosa y los Carrangueros de Ráquira. Surungusungo
Jorge Velosa y los Carrangueros de Ráquira
(MTM – 2005)
1. Mi compadre chulo – 2. Me conformo con mirarte – 3. Amorcito de mi vida – 4. Qué mujer más bella ella – 5. Por querer una puentana – 6. Solecito sabanero – 7. El jualandrés – 8. La bonirritica – 9. Por un beso que me dites – 10. La flor de un día – 11. No te quiero por lo bonita – 12. La carranga es libertad – 13. Mi burritorrito – 14. Los latinajos – 15. Pregúntale a los luceros – 16. Qué solita está mi tierra
Jorge Velosa Ruiz is a singer and songwriter from Ráquira (Boyacá department) with a long career dedicated to promoting and performing Colombian Andean music. Alongside his band “Los Carrangueros” (which, since 1979 to the present, has changed its members and, on a few occasions, also its name), he created a new musical style known as the carranga. He has released 17 albums including “Carrangueros de Ráquira” (1980), “Pa’ los pies y el corazón” (1984), “Alegría carranguera” (1987), “Harina de otro costal” (1992), “Patiboliando” (2002), “Surungusungo” and the last, “Carranga sinfónica” (2011).
“Surungusungo” is the eighth work of the group containing torbellinos, guabinas, bambucos, merengues, rumbas and other rhythms, all of them played on the bandola, the tiple, the guitar and the “guacharaca” (güiro). Every single track of the album has meaningful lyrics full of crafty wordplays, and takes root in the rural tradition of the Colombian Andean communities.
And so, what is the carranga about? Well, to make it short, it is the way of bringing together all these elements in a single artistic expression.
It is enough to listen to “Surungusungo” to understand why this way of making music has ended up being an independent, successful and celebrated style.
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Article “Jorge Velosa y los Carrangueros” [es]
Jorge Luis Velosa Ruiz, in Wikipedia [es]

 Chimizapagua. Experiencia
(Phillips - 1984)
1. La guaneña – 2. El cóndor pasa – 3. Recuerdos de Almaguer – 4. Rosaura – 5. Loma larga – 6. Agualongo – 7. La ecuatoriana – 8. Pisada – 9. Súplica – 10. Quebradillas – 11. Carnaval del Titicaca (Tarkeada – Kantu) – 12. Retorno – 13. Atardecer
Chimizapagua (another name for the Muisca civilization hero, Bochica) appeared in 1975 formed by Omar and Ian Flórez de Armas, William Morales, Luisa Silva and Raúl Cáceres, who got together to integrate the Colombian Andean with the rest of Latin America sounds. The band followed the path of the New Song movement existing at the time, carried out field work in Nariño, Cauca, Huila and Tolima departments collecting traditional songs, and released the albums “Subiendo la montaña” (1982) and “Experiencia” plus a double-CD compilation containing their greatest hits.
“Experiencia” includes popular Andean songs (“El cóndor pasa”, “Rosaura”) and rhythms of Colombia, especially bambucos (“La guaneña”, “Loma larga”, “Agualongo”, “Retorno”). On this album, the huayno “Atardecer” and the potpourri “Carnaval del Titicaca” are worth mentioning for their simple beauty. The sound of this recording, evenly balanced and blended, resembles other contemporary bands such as Raíces Incas in the use of a good number of different aerophones. It is a solid album enjoyable to listen to, which clearly illustrates the beginnings of the “Andean” music in Colombia.
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Official website: Not available

 Raíces Andinas. Impulsando el tiempo
Raíces Andinas
Impulsando el tiempo
(PRA - 1998)
1. Donde el sol ilumina – 2. Cusischac casunchic – 3. Carnaval – 4. Romance fugaz - 5. Tescualeña – 6. Nuestra sangre – 7. Olvidar no es el camino – 8. Impulsando el tiempo – 9. Por tu amor – 10. Fantasía andina
Born in San Juan de Pasto in 1981, the group has dedicated to recovering and performing the Andean music of the Nariño department and, in general, of south-western Colombia. They have a long career and international recognition, and have released several albums including “Valle de Piedra” (1989), “Impulsando el tiempo” and “Contrastes” (2004). Nowadays, Raíces Andinas is a quintet formed by Hernán Coral, Luis Olmedo Tutalchá, Luis G. Arteaga, Leonardo Yépez and Omar Coral.
With “Impulsando el tiempo”, the group explores a wide range of popular rhythms of Colombia (ranging from the sanjuanito “Cusischac cansachic” to the bambuco, “Tescualeña”), bringing together the most classic Andean flutes, Latin percussion instruments (typical of the coast) and the strings typical of the altiplano (tiple, bandola). The result is a fantastic mixture which, without losing the “Andean” taste, provides a straightforward example of Colombian identity.
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Los Sikuris. Siembra la vida
Los Sikuris
Siembra la vida
(Los Sikuris - 2003)
1. Cundurimarca – 2. Aguas claras – 3. Intermezzo – 4. Siembra la vida – 5. Fiesta en el campo – 6. Caballo viejo – 7. Surupana – 8. El humahuaqueño – 9. Tuni kunturiri – 10. Candombe del adiós
Los Sikuris appeared in 1986 in Bogotá and was formed by six young musicians focused on rescuing the musical genres of the Andes range in general and the Colombian cordillera in particular, without losing sight of the rest of Latin America. Since then they have launched two albums: “Siembra la vida” and “Canto sin límites” (2010).
With the former the group honours its name with the preponderance of zampoñas (panpipes; sikuri meaning “panpipe player”). Particularly outstanding on this album are the songs “Intermezzo” (a successful sikus play), the popular tinku “Aguas claras”, the sanjuanito “Fiesta en el campo”, and the beautiful bambuco that gives name to the work. With a modern style, Los Sikuris continue the “andean music” tradition started in the ‘70s by groups like Chimizapagua.
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