Archive for the Afro Colombian Category

SIXTO PAITO SILGADO, “Merengue Faroto / El Gusto De Las Mujeres” (GAITA NEGRA LP) download mp3

Posted in Afro Colombian, download single song, Listen Recovery on August 11, 2010 by Listen Recovery

Merengue Faroto (download mp3)

Rich Spirit & Paito, Bogota Colombia 2009

LAS AMBULANCIAS ALEGRES, Colombia; San Basilio de Palenque. (bio/tracks)

Posted in Afro Colombian, download single song, Listen Recovery on June 8, 2010 by Listen Recovery

PETRONA MARTINEZ. San Cayetano, Bolivar. COLOMBIA (Rich Spirits next stop)

Posted in Afro Colombian, Afro Sounds, Colombia, Colombia Music, Colombian Music Icon, Latin Sounds, Listen Recovery, Music Negra, Petrona Martinez on December 6, 2009 by Listen Recovery


Petrona Martinez is living proof that it can take a lifetime to become an overnight success. She..s also the embodiment of culture and history; one that has African roots and ancestry that penetrate deep into her Latin American home. That home is San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia, land of the slaves. A bus from there and then a journey along a path leads to her house, a place of perpetual feasting surrounded by chickens, donkeys, cats and dogs and children singing, dancing and playing flutes. Until recently, her source of income was gathering sand from the river to make bricks. It wasn..t until 2002, at age 63, that she was nominated for a Latin Grammy with the BONITO QUE CANTA album. Petrona Martinez inherited a strong singer..s tradition from Bullerengue, an Afro-Colombian dance rhythm born during the African fight for freedom from slavery and originally sung solely by pregnant women confined to their homes and thus unable to attend village dances. The melodies were passed down through the generations. She learned them from her grandmother and great-grandmother as they sang while doing daily tasks and attending Patron Saints Festivals. She is now passing them to her sons and daughters, some of whom are part of her eight-piece ensemble. Petrona..s performances are authentic, uninhibited and memorable. Whit her band pounding out rhythms and vocals venid her, she sings and alternates between dancing and sitting in a rocking chair. Her group incluyes daughters Joselina Llerena and Nilda Llerena. Appearing with them are percussionists Janer Amaris, Guillermo Valencia, Edwin Muñoz, Javier Ramirez and Stanley Montero. Her manager is Rafael Ramos.

TOTO LA MONPOSINA Y SUS TAMBORES: @ The Grand Performances, LA (video by Listen Recovery & Cinema Artists)

Posted in Afro Colombian, Colombia, Listen Recovery, South America, Toto La Momposina, video archives on November 13, 2009 by Listen Recovery


Toto La Momposina for the 1st time in Los Angeles.  This is a preview of Toto’s Dvd by Grand Performances & Listen Recovery.  Stay tune for the complete footage of her historical performance along with her “Tambores”.