Review: La Bodega by Totó La Momposina

Africa via Colombia

| January-February 2010

Do not be fooled by the sultry, smoky opening notes of the first song on La Bodega—once the earth-pounding Afro-Colombian drums kick in, they set the tone for the rest of this dance-inducing album. Totó excavates the deep African roots of Colombia’s Caribbean coast, carrying forth the sounds she heard as a youth from the singers called cantadoras. Packed with flutes, guitars, horns, and those drums, this is music meant to move you—literally.