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Long-awaited NYC return of Colombia’s Latin-Grammy Queen of cumbia, chadé, bullerengue, mapalé & porro with NYC’s first all-female mariachi band
Sonia Bazanta Vides, well known by her lavish stage name, Totó La Momposina, has spent her life cheerfully spreading the native music of Colombia’s Caribbean coastline. She was raised on an island off the coast, called Mompox (this is where she derived the “Momposina” of her moniker). A place where African, Indigenous Indian and Spanish cultures mingle, the resulting musical potpourri there is resplendently diverse, and has informed Vides’ vast work (herself of Afro-Colombian and Indigenous descent). Totó is not only a world famous singer, but an accomplished dancer as well. Learning from her mother (who directed a dance troupe in Bogotá), Totó branched out on her own and started a band in the 1960s. Taking the international stage by storm, she began touring the globe in the ‘70s. By the 90s she launched a WOMAD tour over three continents and released the album La Candela Viva, which catapulted her into the worldwide limelight of Latin-crossover music. The following albums Carmelina in 1996 and Pacanto in 1999 further cemented her iconic status as a Colombian ambassador of the heritage rich, salsa-esque Cumbia & Bullerengue music styles. Totó is not only the form’s greatest interpreter, she’s also an effervescent innovator.