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Just thought about sharing a video from one of my favourite Latino artists, Carlos Vives. Every time I listen to this particular song, I just can't help thinking of the the simplicity, the joy and and the warmth of Colombian people. For all the problems they have, they do know how to enjoy life and give you a big, sincere smile. And that's without even mentioning the young ladies...
I had a chat with a girl from Medellin about an hour ago and we talked about this same topic. I told her I found Colombia to be "un pais muy chevere". The people are very warm and friendly. Especially in Cartagena. I definitely want to go back.
Colombia is world-famous for its catchy music. Cumbias colombianas are must-listens!
American music, on the other hand, often sounds angry or depressed.
I think Colombia is an undiscovered gold mine but it would be similar to Brazil in that it's such a cool and unique culture that the ladies would never want to leave for good reason (let's call it the complete opposite of Phils where everybody wants to leave). You'd be best served to learn some Spanish and if you were willing to move down there I think skys the limit. Colombian women are probably top 5 for the world's prettiest women.
This is a theme that is being well dissected by music critics and sociologists in the Anglosphere. To put it short, modern music as it developed in the Anglosphere has been a vehicle of social protest, or dissent against the establishment, or the decay of (post)industrial societies. No surprise the most flourishing indie rock and metal bands in England came from small dormitory towns or large industrial centres in full decline (in the 70s/80s, at least): Manchester, Birmingham, etc.
Latino music, which has European roots, comes from totally different traditions, which trace back to the old troubadours (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troubadour) of the 11th century. Most of their repertoire were sung poetry about love - love lost, love found, love betrayed, love contemplated...you get me If you listen to the lyrics of most cumbias, salsas, vallenatos, all the classical ones, they seem to all have one single theme...
I love cumbia. Didn't know it was about love though.
Always seems like someone's about to get killed.
But you can dance to it.
"Pick a point and go to it."
-- Dr John Hunsucker, speaking about canoeing on Georgia's Lake Lanier, with its irregular shape, and 1000 miles of meandering shoreline
I am a HUGE fan of cumbia. Most of the cumbia songs I know are Peruvian and Chilean. Here are some of my favorites:
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