Friday, 18 February 2011

The Sound Systems Of Cartagena

Cartagena is a city in northwest Colombia. The city is known for its sound systems. These sound systems - called picós - played an important role in shaping the sound of the Colombian Champeta, a cultural phenomenon and musical genre of independent and local origin from the African descendents in the areas in and around Cartagena.

At the beginning of the 1970s the Champeta culture became more visible at a national level in Colombia through a series of diverse and complex dances set to the rhythms of Caribbean music. This music was principally a mix of genres such as salsa and jíbaro but later included reggae.

(thanks Jimmy)

2 comment(s):

Jimmy said...

Pretty amazing.

Africolombia said...

Fantastic, The champeta has some of his melodies influences Soukous, Highlife and music from south africa. are currently experimenting with the dance hall for these days.

Fabian Altahona Romero- (Africolombias`Blog)