¡Cimarrón! Joropo Music from the Plains of Colombia (Smithsonian Folkways Records SFW40557, 2011)
Cimarron is one of the leading exponents of Colombian musica llanera, the music of the Orinoco River plains. The plains of Colombia and Venezuela are cowboy country and the most popular genre is joropo, a fast paced harp-driven music, which is accompanied by guitars and percussion.
Cimarrón’s new album is titled ¡Cimarrón! Joropo Music from the Plains of Colombia. Group leader, harpist and joropo innovator Carlos Rojas has assembled an excellent line-up of virtuoso musicians, including Freyman Rolando Cárdenas Pulido on percussion, dance, vocals; Carlos Andrés Cedeño Delgado, bass; Darwin Rafael Medina Fonseca, cuatro; Luis Eduardo Moreno Rojas on vocals; Ferney Rojas Cabezas on bandola llanera; Óscar José Oviedo Osorio on percussion and dance; Ana Veydó Ordóñez on vocals, dance; and Edison Fernandez Torres Ramirez on percussion.
“The cimarrón is the bull that knows no rope, corral, nor iron, the steer that has not been lassoed nor branded and ranges free on the savannas and surrounding forests,” says Carlos Rojas Hernández, leader of group Cimarrón. “That concept always struck me; nothing can be closer to the creative spirit that constitutes the essence of plains music, than that feeling of freedom.”
The CD comes with an extensive booklet in English and Spanish that includes track notes, an introduction to música llanera and artist biographies
¡Cimarrón! Joropo Music from the Plains of Colombia is a an extraordinary collection of vibrant and passionate joropo pieces by Cimarrón.
Watch Grupo Cimarrón perform “Pajarillo” at the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival:
1. Joropo quitapesares (Joropo Quitapesares)
2. Vine a defender lo mío (I Came to Defend My Own)
3. El cimarrón (The Wild Bull)
4. Zumbaquezumba tramao (Planned Zumbaquezumba)
5. Llanero siente y lamenta (Plainsman Feels and Laments)
6. El gavilán (The Sparrow Hawk)
7. Llanero soy (I Am a Plainsman)
8. La tonada (The [Milking] Song)
9. Mi sombrero (My Hat)
10. El guate (The Outsider)
11. Tierra negra (Black Land)
12. Mi llano ya no es el mismo (My Plains Are No Longer the Same)
13. Cimarroneando (“Cimarrón-ing”)
Buy the album or MP3 downloads:
- In North America: ¡Cimarrón! Joropo Music from the Plains of Colombia. Other recordings available: Si Soy Llanero: Joropo Music From Orinoco
- In Europe: ¡Cimarrón! Joropo Music from the Plains of Colombia. Other recordings available: Si Soy Llanero: Joropo Music From Orinoco
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.