Totó La Momposina y sus Tambores
Colombia – Musique de la côte atlantique


1. Aguacero de Mayo
2. Tres Golpes
3. Soledad
4. Mañanitas de Diciembre
5. El Tigre
6. Mojana
7. Puya Puyara
8. Rosa
9. La Verdolaga
10. Son de Farotas
11. El Piano de Dolores
12. Tambolero
13. La Maya
14. Peyo Torres
15. El Cascabel


Totó la Momposina: Chant
Marco Vinicio Oyaga: Tambor Hembra
Gilberto Martínez: Tambor Macho, Maracas
Julio Renteria: Bombo
Nicolas Rodriguez: Marimbula, Guache
Aurelio Fernandez: Flauta de Millo
Totó la Momposina sings the music of the Atlantic coast backed by a percussion group that includes a marimbula or bass finger-piano and sometimes a cane flute. These days, she is an international performer very popular in France, but this is the nearest thing available to Afro-Colombian roots music, and a pleasure. This and the collection album La Ceiba are non-vallenato releases for a change. 
~ David L. Mayers
 Totó la Momposina
Born into a family of musicians spanning five generations, Toto learned to sing and dance as a child. Her father was a drummer, her mother a singer and dancer; their household lived with the musical traditions of "la costa". As a young woman, she traveled from village to village researching their various rhythms and dances and studying the art of the cantadora. Traditionally the cantadoras are peasants, women who grow yucca, plantain and pumpkins in the patches of land behind their huts. These women play a central role in the village culture. 
In Talaigua, Ramona Ruiz, a fine cantadora now in her eighties who tutored the teen-age Toto, continues to keep this tradition alive. In this community of peasant farmers and fishermen Ramona dispenses everything from marital advice to herbal medicine and, as a vivacious and inspired chande (fiesta and also a rhythm of Talaigua) leader, is able to rustle up a full complement of drummers, dancers and singers at a moment's notice. The songs that the villagers sing to accompany their daily tasks are performed by Toto on stage: rhythmic chants to pace the pounding of the corn, and suggestive lyrics adding spice to the monotony of scrubbing clothes in the river. Men play the drums: boat-builders, fishermen, net-menders and cigar-makers. Music and dance is an integral part of life in Mompos.


kokolo said...

Thank you, she was a big discovery for me these days,

Miguel said...

... :)