Colombian music

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The music of Colombia is an expression of the Colombian culture, which contains diverse Music genres, traditional and moderns according with the features of eachgeographic región. The diversity in musical expressions found in Colombia can be seen as the result of a mixture of African, native Indigenous, European (especiallySpanish) influences, as well as more modern American and Caribbean musical forms, Cuban, and Jamaican. For example Styles like vallenato and porro were especiallyinfluential. When the waltz became popular in the 19th century, a Colombian version called pasillo was created.
Some of the best known genres are cumbia and vallenato. One ofthe most recognized interpreters of traditional caribbean and afrocolombian music is Totó la Momposina.
 Cumbia: Cumbia is a mixture of Spanish, Native Colombians andAfrican music. The style of dance is designed to recall the shackles worn around the ankles of the slaves. In the 19th century, slavery was abolished and Africans,Indians and other ethnic groups got a more complete integration in the Colombian culture.
Bambuco : Bambuco is an indigenous form of music with European influence,sometimes known as Música del interior. Bambuco is said that it is originated from the Muisca Indians due to it sad and slow rhythm. Its popularity has long been, but wasextremely popular across Colombia from the mid-1920s to the late 1930s.
Joropo: Música llanera is a harp-led genre of music from Los Llanos popular throughoutColombia. It includes the traditional joropo musical style, and is known for verbal contests called contrapunteo.

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