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Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Las Americas

Cantadoras del Pacífico

The marimba is a vivid legacy of African presence in Latin America. But only on the Pacific coast of southern Colombia and northern Ecuador does it keep its close connections to a strongly African culture. Hailing from small towns along the Colombian coast, the seasoned women singers of Cantadoras del Pacífico raise their voices to the accompaniment of marimba and drums, performing their distinctive styles of music known collectively as currulao.

  • Carlina Andrade, vocals
  • María Juana Angulo, vocals
  • Gladys "Tití" Bazán, vocals
  • Ricaurter Cundumi Rivas, bombo
  • Ana Hernández, vocals
  • Julio César Mancilla Mafia, cununo
  • Tulio Fernando Prado Micolta, cununo
  • Carlos Henrique Riasco Castillo, marimba de chonta
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¡Arriba Suena Marimba!
Currulao Marimba Music from Colombia by Grupo Naidy