Various Artists – World 2000
Back to the Charlie Gillett’s compilation album World 2000 for this week’s South American track. Today Los Sabores Del Porro by Totó La Momposina. Once more a confession of ignorance – I thought that Totó La Momposina was a group. It turns out that she is a woman! When I started this blog one of the aims was to get better acquainted with my own record collection. It seems to be working!
And to demonstrate my ignorance further I used by (rudimentary) Italian to translate the Spanish title of the song as The Taste of Leeks. Further research leads me to believe that Porro might be a herb rather than a vegetable; a herb or a synonym of herb!
Totó la Momposina is the nom de voix of Sonia Bazanta Vides a Colombian singer of “traditional mixed indigenous Colombian and Afro-Latin music”. The track is fabulous and so is the woman if her photo is anything to go by.
In 2006 she was presented with the WOMEX Lifetime Achievement Award and, her agent’ website tells us that she is still working “tirelessly to promote the music of her homeland, driven by passion and the simple joy of performance”.
Totó La Momposina – Los Sabores Del Porro
Various Artists – Cumbia Cumbia 2
I was going to continue my musical commentary on the British political scene. I’ve found plenty of tracks in my collection that would fit the weeks events – especially in an ironic way. I could have focussed on the new coalition and possibly more easily the defeated government and its members but my urge to comment has passed. I’ve been to sated by newspaper, radio and tv commentary and am in desperate need of diversion.
So, instead I’m continuing my musical world tour by posting some Cumbia music. Cumbia is a Colombian musical style and folk dance. It began as a courtship dance practised among the African slave population and developed with the introduction of European instruments and musical styles.
The track I’ve chosen is from the second World Circuit Cumbia collection, imaginatively entitled Cumbia Cumbia 2. There are no prizes for guessing the title of the first collection! From the album I’m posting Cumbia Campesina by Los Corraleros De Majagual. Wikipedia tells us that “Los Corraleros De Majagual are a coastal band, founded in 1962, considered one of the best interpreters of the music of the Colombian Atlantic coast, with high profile and success nationally and internationally”.
Los Corraleros De Majagual – Cumbia Campesina