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Smithsonian Folkways Releases Grupo Cimarron's Full-throttle Cimarron! Joropo Music From The Plains Of Colombia' July 26

Smithsonian Folkways Releases Grupo Cimarron's Full-throttle Cimarron! Joropo Music From The Plains Of Colombia' July 26

New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Shore Fire Media) Smithsonian Folkways will release the internationally acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated Colombian ensemble Grupo Cimarron's 'Cimarron! Joropo Music From The Plains Of Colombia' on July 26 - the group's second release for the label. The ensemble is known for their explosive musica llanera (plains music) and fast-paced, triple-meter joropo, some of the most exciting music of Latin America. Through their powerful, moody, and unbridled sound, they live up to the meaning of their name Cimarron-"wild bull."

"Absolutely brilliant" - Lucy Duran, BBC

Listen to "Cimarroneando" here:

Since creating Grupo Cimarron in 1986, leader and harpist Carlos Rojas has looked both backward and forward in time. The musica llanera and joropo musics have roots in 19th century Colombia and the style of singing, playing and instruments used have been carefully modeled on tradition. The ensemble has created a new mix by emphasizing rhythm and creativity and insisting that joropo dance be a part of the performance wherever possible. Grupo Cimarron has performed in China, Europe, and North and South America.

Harp, guitars (bandola and cuatro), maracas, wooden drum (cajon), and the rhythm of the dancers' feet are the instruments used by the high-energy ensemble, all of whom carry strong ties to the cattle country of the Colombian plains. Each band member is a virtuoso in his or her own discipline, and the album provides a medium for both collective and individual expression.

The group's 2004 Smithsonian Folkways release 'Si, Soy Llanero' earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Traditional World Album

Watch Grupo Cimarron perform "Pajarillo" at the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival:

Grupo Cimarron will be performing free at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on July 2nd on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This is the group's third performance at the Smithsonian Folklife festival. The 2011 performance is part of a 10-day program Colombia: The Nature of Culture.

Track list:

1. Quitapesares - (Quitapesares)
[Traditional; arrangement by Carlos Rojas]
2. Vine a defender lo mio - (I Came to Defend My Own)
[Traditional; lyrics by Reynaldo Rodriguez]
3. El cimarron - (The Wild Bull)
[Manuel Luna, lyrics]
4. Zumbaquezumba - (Zumbaquezumba)
[Traditional; arrangement by Carlos Rojas]
5. Llanero siente y lamenta - (Plainsman Feels and Laments)
[Victor Brizuela]
6. El gavilan - (The Hawk)
[Traditional; arrangement by Carlos Rojas]
7. Llanero soy - (I Am a Plainsman)
[Traditional; unknown]
8. Tonada de ordeno - (Milking Tonada)
[Traditional; arrangement by Carlos Rojas y Ana Veydo]
9. Mi sombrero - (My Hat)
[Traditional; lyrics by Julio Pantoja]
10. El guate - (The Outsider)
[Carlos Perez]
11. Tierra negra - (Black Land)
[angel C. Loyola]
12. Mi llano ya no es el mismo - (My Plains Are No Longer the Same)
[Lorenzo Balta]
13. Cimarroneando - ("Cimarron-ing")
[Traditional; arrangement by Carlos Rojas]

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