The first half of today's program is dedicated to one of the most important Colombian music festivals- el Festival de Música Andina Colombiana Mono Nuñez. Held annually during the last fews days in May through the beginning of June in Ginebra, Valle del Cauca, el Festival Mono Nuñez features the best of classic and modern Colombian Andean music, including bambuco, vals, mazurca, redova, pasillo, danza, chotis, guabina, rumba carranguera, sanjuanero, and more.
An extended edition of Sonidos Colombianos featuring the music behind the 47th annual Festival de la Leyenda Vallenata, where local and even foreign accordionists gather in Valledupar, Colombia during the last days of April to compete for the title Rey Vallenato or "Vallenato King" in different categories- professional, amateur, and youngster.
Colombian novelist, short-story writer, and journalist Gabriel García Márquez passed away on April 17th in Mexico City. On tonight's program, we will feature music inspired by One Hundred Years of Solitude, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Gabo once described his Nobel Literature Prize-winning novel One Hundred Years as a 400 page vallenato, which was one of his favorite musics.
The second half of tonight's program is dedicated to the city of Barranquilla, which on Monday, April 7th just celebrated its 201st anniversary as an established town in Colombia. Also known as "La Arenosa", "La Puerta de Oro", and "Curramba La Bella", Barranquilla is home to the second largest South American pre-Lenten carnaval after Rio de Janeiro.
Tonight in the first half hour we're featuring music from NY-based ensemble- La Cumbiamba Eneyé!! This Colombian woodwind, brass and drum ensemble led by Martin Vejarano captures the essence of a Colombian outdoor parranda also known as "cumbiamba".