Colombian Songs to Get Your Hips MovingAnnabel Kemp - Product & Marketing
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Annabel Kemp - Product & Marketing
Annabel lived and taught in Bogotá for a year and fell in love with Colombia. She’s travelled to Peru and Chile and is the newest member of our marketing team.
J Balvin - Medellín
Already loved for his irresistible party-starting tracks like Mi Gente, J Balvin once again takes the world by storm with his latest album Colores. The Medellín-based singer’s new release has topped Latin charts, prompting a new collaborative series of live performance videos with Vevo.
Check out the brand new visuals for Amarillo, featuring a live recording of J Balvin’s infectious reggaeton vocals, and keep your eyes peeled for performances of Azul, Negro and Rojo to follow next week.
Bomba Estéreo deliver a whirlwind of traditional salsa and cumbia rhythms driven by electronic beats. The result is something like psychedelic pop, or what the band themselves label ‘tropical elegance’. While the group was founded in Bogotá by Simón Mejía, the lead singer Li Saumet is native to Santa Marta and their music often has a distinctly Caribbean feel.
Don’t miss the video for Somos Dos, set in the paradisiacal Costeño Beach of Tayrona National Park, which captures the serene laid-back beauty of the region.
Shakira - Barranquilla
You couldn’t do a round-up of Colombian artists without the She Wolf herself. Hailing from Colombia’s carnival capital, Barranquilla, Shakira’s music explodes with celebratory energy that is bound to get you moving. Her original hits like Hips Don’t Lie and Whenever, Wherever shone an international spotlight on Latin music and paved the way for countless other artists.
Try listening to Chantaje, a collaboration with fellow Colombian star Maluma. The track is itself completely alluring, but it’s worth watching the music video just to see Shakira inexplicably walking her pig through an off-license on a diamante lead.
ChocQuibTown - Quibdó
Tired of the negative portrayals of their hometown, the unstoppable Afro-Colombian trio ChocQuib Town have brought the Pacific Coast to the public eye for all the right reasons. Their name incorporates the department of Chocó and its capital Quibdó, a city alive with Afro-Caribbean musical influences, where all three of the band’s musicians grew up.
Discover one of their first hits, De Donde Vengo Yo, with punchy, lilting rhythms made all the more powerful by politically-charged lyrics. Or if you’re looking to practice your salsa steps, be carried away by the fiery sway of Salsa & Choke, best enjoyed at full volume.
Caribefunk - Cartagena
Proudly representing Cartagena, Caribefunk make music that feels like the sun on your face. Watch the video for La Chamuyera and you’ll cycle through the vibrant, muralled streets of the old colonial city. Or enjoy the passionate vocals and deliciously upbeat tempo which weave together harmoniously in Camina Maria. Either way, Caribefunk have an irresistibly relaxed flow which is sure to leave you smiling.
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Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Consultant
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Consultant
After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.
Sophie Barber - Travel Consultant
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Consultant
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Escorted Groups team.
Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Consultant
Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made team.
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Consultant
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our Sales team.