TUNES FOR TUESDAY -- pa' Colombia
"Less talk, more music" seemed to be the message that I got after my (lengthy) posts on the history of Salsa. The history tour really isn't over yet, however. Next, we will talk about Salsa Pioneers and Fania. But since last week we arrived at a place where we can make a short stop, I decided to take this opportunity to show that I listen to my readers' comments. Right away, here's more music:
Pa' Colombia by Willie Colón and Hector Lavoe
I was reminded about this song by a reader, after I posted the same artists singing La Murga a few weeks ago. More on Willie Colón's silly Bad Guy image gimmick to come. For now, Willie Colón was in Colombia recently and lamented that it had taken him the same amount of time to fly from Miami to Bogotá, as it had taken him to travel from El Dorado International Airport to his Hotel. About four hours?! Well, he was gracious enough to blame the contractors who have destroyed and delayed the reconstruction of the main access highway to the airport. In the process, Willie showed that he is well acquainted with Colombian current events: The contractors, a family by the last name Nule, are at the center of a huge government contract misappropriation scandal and are standing trial in Bogotá right now. Yes, welcome to Colombia.
Anyway, the song mentions the 5 girlfriends these two guys had in Colombia: Barranquilla, Cartagena, Cali, Medellín, and Bogotá. But the song is "pa' Colombia entera" (to the whole country). Great rhythm, enjoy!