Shotguns and Accordions: Music of the Marijuana Growing Regions of Colombia (1983)

Genres - Music  |   Sub-Genres - Music History, Social History  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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This video examines the popular music of northern Columbia, a style known as vallenato, a combination of Indian flute music and African-tinged cumbia rhythms. What results is a bluesy fusion of indigenous forms and modern rock & roll, perfect music for the all-night dances these sounds often grace. More than a simple music video, this is an examination as well of the cultural factors that produced these melodies.

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accordion, Colombian [nationality], competition, drugs, percussion-instruments, tradition, music