Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Juana María Angulo, Inés Granja Herrera, Sonia Bazanta Vides: Cantadoras

Cantadoras Juana María Angulo & Carlina Andrade, 2005.
Photo: Michael Birenbaum Quintero
"A fundamental component in a marimba ensemble are the matronly female singers, called cantadoras. The cantadoras sing a repeated chorus in harmony as another cantadora sings the melody, improvising lyrics and borrowing others from other songs or from popular poetry, and making rhythmic variations and melodic adornments such as an occasional falsetto yodel. As they sing, the cantadoras rhythmically shake a bamboo tube with nails or wooden spikes driven through it, and seeds inside, called guasá." Source

Juana María Angulo (cantadora) was born in Guapi in 1931. Her parents had always taken Juana and her brother along to the arrullos. Juana recalls that one day her mother was singing at home, and young Juana sang back a traditional response. “‘Uy,’ my mother said, ‘You answered really well. You’re going to be a cantadora!’” Juana began singing in earnest at arrullos around Guapi. In Buenaventura in the mid-1970s, she joined the folkloric group Pascual de Andagoya, in which she sang alongside her friends, fellow cantadoras Ana Hernández and Carlina Andrade. In Ana’s words, they have been “making noise and laughing together” for more than thirty years. This group toured extensively and made some of the earliest recordings of the music of the Pacific coast.

After the dissolution of the group, the cantadoras joined Grupo Alfonso López Pumarejo, but the cantadoras and musicians eventually formed their own group, Los Mareños (The Sea People). The name was inspired by a song about the daily arrival in Guapi of fishermen at four in the afternoon, coming in from the ocean to sell the fish they had caught that day. In 1985, Ana, Juana, and Carlina were invited to Europe, where they toured extensively, singing unaccompanied. In the late 1980s, when some of the group’s members migrated to Cali, the group was reformed around that city’s Universidad Libre, and Juana, Ana, and Carlina continued to sing with the group, now joined by Gladys. At about this time, Juana, Ana, and Carlina recorded a night of traditional stories, jokes, and recitations and improvisations of rhymed poetry. Relatos de mar y selva (Tales of Sea and Forest), a book transcribing that evening, garnered the three cantadoras the Prize for Black Oral Literature from Colcultura, the Colombian state cultural institution. In 2000, Maky López approached Ana, Juana, Carlina, and Gladys to form Grupo Naidy for the Petronio Álvarez Festival. Juana remembers that she was trembling during Grupo Naidy’s performance, thinking how embarrassing it would be to lose. They won, and went on to record and tour internationally.
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Una “Marimba ae” suena en nuestras descargas de miércoles

La cantadora Inés Granja Herrera nació en Timbiquí, Cauca, y es compositora de temas como “Sube la marea”, “Memoria de Justino”, “A navegar” y “Que baile el abuelo”, registrados con todos los proyectos musicales por los que ha pasado como Socavón, Canalón, y su grupo actual, Santa Bárbara de Timbiquí.
Ha obtenido diferentes premios, entre ellos el de Mejor Voz en el Festival de Música del Pacífico Petronio Álvarez, con el tema “Queremos la paz”. Inés Granja fue una de las invitadas a las sesiones de Acústicos Radio Nacional llevadas a cabo entre junio y septiembre del año pasado, acompañada por miembros de otras agrupaciones dedicadas a la música del Pacífico, bajo la dirección del líder del grupo La Revuelta, Juan David Castaño, en un proyecto que se llamó Amigos Revueltos. 
The cantadora Inés Herrera was born in Timbiquí Farm, Cauca, and is a composer of songs like "Rising tide", "Memory of Justin", "A sail" and "That dance grandfather", registered with all the musical projects for which passed as Adit, gutter, and his current group, Santa Barbara Timbiquí.
She has won several awards, including the Best Voice in the Pacific Music Festival Petronio Alvarez, with the theme "We want peace". Ines Farm was one of the guests at the National Radio Acoustic sessions conducted between June and September last year, accompanied by members of other groups dedicated to the music of the Pacific, under the direction of the Revolt group leader, Juan David Brown, on a project called Friends Scrambled. source

La cabina de Radio Nacional de Colombia se lleno de magia y misticismo con la visita de la cantadora Inés Granja, reconocida compositora del pacífico colombiano. La maestra Inés Granja Herrera, cantaora tradicional del pacifico sur, Timbiqui Cauca, compositora de sube la marea, Justino gracia, a navega, que baile el abuelo y una gran cantidad de temas pioneros en ser registrados en audio. Ha cantado con canalón, socavón ,santa barbara y ganadora de muchos premios del Festival Petronio Álvarez. En este último se llevó el premio a la mejor voz con el tema queremos la paz , que interpretó en vivo en el programa El Atardecer de la Radio Nacional de Colombia.



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Print version ISSN 0121-7550


TRIANA, GloriaTotó la momposinaOur transhumant singer. Nómadas[online]. 2008, n.28, pp. 164-179. ISSN 0121-7550.

This text walks through the vital and creative paths of one of the greatest cantadoras of the Colombian popular music. The singer tell us how her family played a decisive role in her process of becoming an artist; how the study and fandango meetings in the backyard of her house made her sensitive to singing and dancing; and how the knowledge of singing and rhythms that she learned from other women who were also cantadoras, and who came from towns by the shore of the river Magdalena, was a definitive point to the processes of recuperation and artistic creation.

Keywords : Totó la Momposina; popular music; cantadoras; Colombia; musical creation. 

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