If it’s from your hammock; sipping your cocktail on the beach; shaking on the dance floor; waiting for the bus; travelling to your next exciting destination… Feel and enjoy the real vibe with some Colombian tunes! 

Listen and watch this beautiful video: La Tierra Del Olvido | Playing For Change

-> This song unites over 80 musicians across the nation of Colombia: No matter how much division and struggle we face in life, we can always persevere with the power of music and love! Enjoy Colombia, our country! It also has other versions. and official.


Alibombo percusión: They make music with all the stuff you can smash on and you know what? It sounds awesome! Percussion with everything for everyone! Nice modern swinging electro beats combined with percussion. Members are Vanessa Worsnop, Alex Uran, Feliciano Blandon, Lucas Jaramillo, David Colorado and Pedro Rincon Ortiz. From Medellin.  Video Youtube 

Andres Cepeda Cediel is a Colombian singer and composer, known for his romantic songs and original style. His musical history can be divided into two parts: before and after Poligamia (1989-1998), a Bogota rock band that produced some classics like Desvanecer and Mi generacion. Since then he’s a solo artist, having had hits like Dia tras dia.

Aterciopelados: This Colombian rock band from Bogota was the first one who received international attention. Their music belongs to Latin pop-rock music. Members are Andrea Echeverri and Hector Buitrago. Songs as Maligno, El Estuche, Bolero Falaz… aterciopelados.com.

Jose Alvaro Osorio Balvin, known professionally as J Balvin, is a Colombian reggaeton singer. Born in Medellín, at age 17 he moved to the United States but later returned to Medellín and gained popularity performing at clubs in the city. Though his music is primarily reggaeton, J Balvin has experimented with a variety of musical genres in his work, including electronica, house music, rap, and R&B.

Bomba Estereo: Electro from Bogota with a tropical elegance. Folklore music from the Atlantic coast with music of all types like electronic music, champeta, hip-hop from Colombia. Members: Liliana Saumet (vocals), Simon Mejia (bass), Kike Egurrola (drums) and Julian Salazar (guitar). Songs as Así soy yo, Aqua Sala, El Alma y el cuerpo… bombaestereo.com. Check here the official video of their song Somos dos.

Buritaca 200: To keep alive the traditions, origins, expressions and feelings present in the variety of music inherited from one generation to the other through centuries in different regions of Colombia. Rhythms like cumbia, mapale and son corrido, among many others. Members are Fernelly, Carlitos, Mario, Jose, Alex, Miguel, Paola, Juancho, Santi, Elzine, Magdalena y Felipe. Most of them live in Barcelona. Genre: Afro Colombian beat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5VfQ_SFmqk.

Carlos Vives: one of the most known Colombian artist after Shakira. He merged the tropical sound of vallenato (Caribbean coast) with electro-rock and even reggaeton. Don´t miss his recent updated video of La Tierra Del Olvido | Playing For Change, El Orgullo de mi Patriaor La Bicicleta (the Bike), together with Shakira.

39: Tropical dub. Was born of a voyage between the river and the sea in Colombia. Its drummers, vocalists, birds and trees were all found along the way. Directed by Mauricio Alvarez, the project explores the intersection of experimental dance music and the traditional sounds of Colombia, invoking the bright colours and dances of its journey. Classic tropical touch, crazy beats, excellent melodies and productions. soundcloud.com/cero39

ChocQuibTown: Music from the Pacific, Colombian hip-hop. Members are Tostao, Goyo, Slow, Larry Viveros, Jhon Sanchez, Andrés Zea and Milton Jurado. Genre: Hip Hop, Funk and Afrocolombiano. Songs as: De donde vengo yo, Cuando te veo en don’t miss the music video of Nuqui: chocquibtown!

Cielito Drive: Freestyle rock music influenced by the Caribbean traditional format. Genres: Reggae, pop, rock, bossa nova, folk. The members of this Colombian-Venezuelan band are: Mauricio Barranco (drums) Oscar Alford (bass, keyboards, harmonica) and Jose Rebimbas (vocals, guitar, keyboards). Composed, recorded, mixed and mastered between Barranquilla and Bogota. Songs as Austronauta, Zulu, Arbolito, Sol, Esperanza….

Cirkus Funk: Funk Disco Latino. Cirkus Funk emerged in the year 2010 in the city of Cali and was consolidated with several musicians who mixed their love of funk with the original Latin flavour of Cali. Members: Edu Turnturn: voice – Synthesizer; Sarita Steel: vocals; Camilo Carvajal: guitar; Alejandro Bastidas: bass; Jose Pelaez: battery. Great dance and music video filmed in the city of Cali! 

Colectro: Six musicians from Barranquilla who moved to Bogota. Members are: Alex Herrera, Moises Vargas, Donaldo Barrios, Gonzalo Prieto, Alberto Palacio. Songs as Green Smoking Jam, Navijazz, Diosa in my Mind, Coletera and Vivo… colectro.com. Video: Vimeo Colectro.

Dicken Schrader: Colombia Fácil’s founder Inge became a big fan of Dicken Schrader and his kids. This is a great video from a Colombian father and his kids covering a song of  Everything Counts –  Depeche Mode. You can’t start early enough with teaching your kids to play MUSIC! 

Espeisbroders: (Space Brothers) Afro-Caribbean psychedelic music that creates a relaxing atmosphere where they combine joy and musical ecstasy. Effective sounds of Afro-Caribbean beat, psychedelia, champeta and percussion. Members: Luis Miguel Charris “Wado” (drums, voice), Jairo Rendon “Jairito” (bass), Miguel Insignares “Migue” (guitar, voice) and Mikhail Celin (keyboards). Wix Espeisbrothers.

Esteman: Musician, actor and chameleon appropriating multiple sounds from different eras and cultures. Creates a musical, visual, conceptual and scenic own original world. Pop – Indie Pop – Folk – Rockabilly. Members: Nicolas Mateus, Maria Cardona, Juanita Carvajal, Pablo Escallon, Julian Bernal, Miguel Cuevas y Camilo Rojas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZamukwjmNk


Juan Fernando Fonseca, better known as Fonseca is a Bogota born and raised Colombian singer, songwriter, record producer, and activist. Influenced heavily by Carlos Vives, his style is a blend of vallenato and cumbia, two traditional and popular forms of Colombian music. His achievements include six Latin Grammy Awards and one Billboard Latin Music Awards. He loves showing the beauty of Colombia… Have a look at shots of Bogota (and a natural beauty…) or travelling through Colombia!

Gordo’s project: ‘Chucu chucu Fashion’… Soft easy-going happy Colombian melodies from Medellin inspired by Colombian tropical vibes (cumbia, porro, vallenato, choo choo, son, merengue…). Members are: Jose Villa, Juan Camilo Orozco, Magaly A, Alzate, David Robledo, Daniel Restrepo, Andres Sanín, Fredy Henao, David Colorado. Songs as: Nasty, Terror, Me da lo misma, Fashion, Cumbia, La Faldita, Me duele el pelo… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aicZTCpSMtU

Juanes: International well-known Colombian singer/songwriter with hits like La Camisa Negra and A Dios le Pido.

Julián Rodríguez: talks about silicone, love and wars. In addition, he has managed to mount a show of international scope. Therefore, it is no surprise that, among other things, he always pauses with funny “disgusting” domestic products in each country. The comedian does his job with all the impunity his job allows him. myspace.com/humordejulianjulianrodriguez.net & You Tube.

Kukos Band: Their sound is based on rhythms like ska, reggae and swing, but has a very strong influence of rhythms that are part of Colombian culture.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9CsQeV-3jA

La 33: A salsa group inspired by the Latin sounds of New York in the ’70s. The band is born in Bogota in 2000. It is an extrovert and happy group with more than 1.000 live presentations around the world. With original lyrics, fresh arrangements and young sound that have turned into a symbol of the Colombian salsa scene. Members are: Sergio Mejia (music director, bass), Santiago Mejia (piano), David Cantillo “Malpelo” (vocal), Guillermo Celis “Guillo” (vocal), Pablo Martinez (vocal), Jose Miguel Vega “El Profe” (trombone), Vladimir Romero (trombone), Roland Nieto (trumpet), Felipe Cardenas (sax), Diego Sanchez (bongos), Cipriano Rojas “Ciro” (conga), Juan David Fernandez “Palo” (timbales). Songs as Bye Bye, La Pantera Mambo, La 33, Ten cuidado, La Tromenta, Mambo con Boogaloo. la-33.com.


La Chiva Gantiva: Colombian rhythms of yesterday mixed with well-known rhythms such as champeta, chirimia and mapale. They use traditional Caribbean instruments (tambor, tambor alegre, llamador, maracas) and modern instruments like the bass guitar, clarinet and saxophone. The band members are Colombians who live in Brussels (Belgium) and their producer is an English man in Bogota. They opened their path to many big festivals throughout Europe. They sing in French and Spanish. lachivagantiva.com.

Lido Pimienta: Dark pop. Dramatic and glamorous music of pathetic terror. Known as “Colombian darling” and “Soundsister” Lido jumps back and forth from electronic music to Afro – Colombian rhythms. She currently is based in Canada. soundcloud.com/lido-pimienta

Maite Hontelé: This Dutch trumpet player is HOT in Colombia! How does a Dutch trumpet player become famous in Colombia? 

Mama Julia: Created in 2008, this band recreates the sounds of Afro-Colombian music with a touch of street style. The rhythm section is made up of traditional percussion from the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, accompanied by the sweet jungle sound of the Chonta Marimba, typical of the southern Pacific coast. Their songs concern social issues and everyday life. Members: Mayra Lopez, Yahaira Mina, Moises Zamora, Marimba de Chonta, Paulo Gutierrez, Carlos Acosta, Sergio Raminez, Stevan Alvarez, Paulo Sanchez & Joaquin Salcedo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKwtl497tuM

Meridian Brothers: Funny sounds. Music collection tropical – salsa – pompous rock – non-easy listening – independent balada – eclectic shit – noise protest – cumbia atonal. This band is from Bogota. Members: Maria Valencia, Eblis Alvarez, Damian Ponce, Cesar Quevedo, Alejandro Forero y Mauricio Baez. meridianbrothers.com and youtube 

Monsieur Periné: Laboratory experimental folk music with soul from the oldies; themes like human being, inspiration, dedication, mystic, bliss, sacrifice and love. Members: Santiago Prieto, Camilo Parra, Junca Nicholas, Fabian Penaranda, Miguel Guerra, Daniel Chebair and Catalina Garcia. From Bogota. Songs as Ton Silence, Tu m’as promis, Swing romanticon, Cou cou. myspace.com/monsieurperine – mperine.com.

Morat: a band formed in Bogotá. It is one of the best-known Latin pop bands in the world. Video

Mr. Loophead: Experimental minimal dj-set mixed with live music. From the Caribbean coast. Live at Ummagumma.

Ondatropica: The strongest tropical Colombian sounds that represented Colombia in the Cultural Olympiad of the London 2012 Olympic Games. cumbia espacial

Pernett: Pernett Humberto is a musician born in Bogota, characterized by merging elements of music of the Caribbean and Colombian electronic music. Caribbean music/ world music/ drum and bass. Songs as La Rumba Bacana, Cumbia computer, La Extinción, Esta Noche, Inopia, Delrio de Carnaval, Zoukland… soundcloud.com/pernett.

Puerto Candelaria: Plays cumbia underground, a chaotic mixture of cumbia, jazz, ska and vallenato. The group sees itself as the musical translation of their country Colombia: chaotic, rebellious but also cheerful and full of life. puertocandelaria.com.

Santiago Cruz Vélez is an Ibagué born singer-songwriter, artist and composer. His songs are romantic; he’s also politically involved.

Shakira: The most famous Colombian star in the world of international music celebrities. Shakira, Colombians pride (Barranquilla) became famous for her belly dancing talent, unique voice, strong hits and good heart. She received a first Sony contract at the age of 13 years. Her music is a sensual mix of Latin American and oriental sounds. Shakira supports various projects and is founder of Pies Descalzos where she is supporting street children in Colombia. shakira.com. And yes, this is how het fame began… Whenever 

Stereocuco: Colombian Caribbean musical collective that creates and mixes sounds of traditional Caribbean music with urban and electronic genres (beats). Fresh and original lyrics based on everyday human idiosyncrasies of being Latino and Caribbean rhythms linked to exciting dancing, partying and bacanería. From Barranquilla. Songs as El Raspao, Puro Wachu Wachu, Sonríele. Members: Malandrews Andrews (multi-percussion, drums), Jabiz Tuff (engineering, front of house), Tete (DJ, percussion), Dave Pacheco (guitar, bass, vocals) and Marlon Peroza (lead vocals, bagpipes). soundcloud.com/stereocuco.

Systema Solar: Mix of traditional music from the Colombian coast (champeta, porro, cumbia, bullerengue) with modern styles like hip-hop, techno, breakbeat and house. They use nice visuals influenced by the spirit of the Colombian piko culture (sound systems style performances). Members: John Primera (MC), Indigo (MC), Pellegrino (producer), Daniboom (DJ), Patadeperro (VJ), Andres (drums, percussion), DJ Corpas (DJ). From the Colombian Caribbean coast, Bogota, Belgium and Venezuela. Songs as Bienvenidos, Mi Kolombia… systemasolar.com

Tribu Baharu: It’s a combo of champetúo* Afro-Colombian Caribbean musicians, influenced by El Pico (Sound System, see below) and a culture with more than six decades of experience in Colombia, with the epicentre inside Barranquilla and Cartagena. Instrumentalize live music without losing the particular performance of the scene picotera that exists in the dances of verbena (a popular celebration of this region) generating an emotional state for the dancers known as Goce Champetúo. This music is influenced by fishermen of Congolese Soukous, Soweto, Zouk, Calypso, Soca, Reggae Kompa Haitian and urban. Their goal is to convey the joy of being caribe through dance and using music as a vehicle. Genre: Afro-Champeta**. Members: Boris Torres, David Cantillo, Jossue Moreno, Walter Pacheco, Ruder Pacheco, Cesar Urueta, Hector Cedeño, Rober Daza, Oscar Gamboa, Andres Muños. soundcloud.com/lloronarecords/tribu-baharu-soy-caribe.

*Champetúo = African music + champeta. = ‘very champeta’, not only because of the music but the urban champeta kind of culture (picos, verbena parties, etc…).

**Champeta = The name of a small knife, and also the name of the rhythm of African Music + electronic beats in the Bolívar department…. like the Afrobeat, but from the Caribbean…


What? Original music from the Muisca Indigenous with influence from Europe.
Where? The Andes. 
Instruments? Harp, guitar, flute, maracas, drums, tiple, mandolin…
Example? You Tube.

What? Rythms of African Music (+ electronic beats in the Bolivar department) like the Afrobeat, but from the Caribbean… Champeta has been influenced by zouk, soukous, reggae and compass. Dancing is sensual.
Where? Caribbean Coast Colombia (Palenque, Cartagena…)
Instruments? Mainly drums, bass, congas, synthesizer, electric guitar.

What? African music + champeta. = ‘very champeta’, not only because of the music, but the urban champeta kind of culture (picos, verbena parties, etc…).
Where? Caribbean coast Colombia.

What? Cumbia is a Colombian music and dance style, a mixture of African, Spanish and Native Colombians music. Its structure is played with a rhythm structure of 2/4 and 2/2.
Where? Caribbean coast in Colombia. 
Instruments? Traditional instruments like the tambora (bass drum), accordion and drums. Nowadays bands are using instruments like trumpets, keyboards,  saxophones, trombones, guitar, conga, güira, claves and clarinet.
How to do basic Cumbia dance steps: 
Expert Village.

What? Afro-Colombian roots with a folkloric rhythm. One of the most African influenced-styles in all of Colombia.
Where? The Pacific coast.  
Instruments? Cununo, drums, marimba chonta guasa…

What? A genre of Venezuela and Colombia with waltz rhythm and mixed rhythm structure up to 3/2.
Where? Orinoquía region in Los Llanos Orientales.
Instruments? Mandolin, cuatro, maracas and harp.
An example: Joropo.

What? Musical rhythms of the Caribbean coast. It has an upbeat rhythm and partying, suitable for dancing in pairs.
Where? Traditional departments of Cordoba, Bolívar, Atlantico and Sucre. 
Instruments? Euphoniums, trumpets, clarinets, trombones, bass drum, snare and cymbals.

What? Folklore rhythms accompanied by the accordion with African, Spanish and indigenous influences mixed with everyday Colombia.
Where? The Caribbean region in Colombia, situated between the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the Serranía de Perija in northeast Colombia. Valledupar is called it’s capital.
Instruments? Accordion, caja, guacharaca, bass. 
There are 4 rhythms in Vallenato:
Son -> slow and focused on the low notes of the accordion. 
Paseo -> with its variety in speed it can be an off-shoot of the son. 
Puya -> roots in the Indian dance of the Sierra Nevada; the difference with merengue is the length of the lyrics. 
Merengue -> narrative style with internal rhymes.

Other types of Caribbean music: Lumbalú, Pajarito, Puya, Mapale, Bullerengue, Cumbion, Chalupe, Fandango, Gaita, Parrandi, Merecumbe, Maya, Pompo, Parrandi, Tambora, Sabanero Son, etc…

What is Piqueria? A battle among singers, usually accompanied by the rhythm of instruments.

What is Picos? In the 1970s small mobile sound systems, know as picos, began to arrive in the area of San Basilio de Palenque (Carribean coast of Colombia), bringing the latest sounds of Africa and Colombia, helping Palenque to create its own unique musical style.

Here you see a 6 years old girl dancing on typical music in Rincon del Mar…

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