The man mused by the skirt is Wilson Choperena, who was born in Plato, Magdalena on Christmas day, 1923. As with many other artistic masters, the place and timing of his birth seem premonitory of his future occupation. Plato is one of the small towns along the lower Magdalena River, which together with El Banco, Tamalameque, and the general area around Mompox (founded in 1537 by Conquistador Alonso de Heredia), claim to be the birth place of Cumbia. Also, it is just fitting that Wilson would be born on Christmas, party time in Colombia.
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