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Afro-Colombian Grooves

The beautiful Caribbean coast of Colombia is where cumbia was born. This iconic Colombian rhythm is now popular in nearly every corner of Latin America. The Music Voyager team discovers sights of Cartagena da Indias alongside Totó la Momposina, one of the most respected figures in Colombian music, who performs with her band on the beach as local children join in on the dancing. Cartagena is bouncing to the hot sound of champeta, which blends contemporary African styles like Congolese soukouss, Nigerian Afrobeat and South African mbaqanga with Latin and Caribbean grooves. Champeta star Louis Towers performs in the bustling Basurto market, and producer Lucas Silva gives us a tour of Cartagena’s famous nightlife. Charles King takes us to check out the popular and extremely loud Rey de Rocha sound system. From Cartagena’s gorgeous old city to the rough and tumble streets and beaches of La Boquilla, Music Voyager experiences the beauty, rhythms and culture of this colorful city.