Review: La Bodega by Totó La Momposina

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.

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