Monday, January 31, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
- Juan David
- Andrés Felipe
- Juan Sebastian
- Miguel Angel
- Juan Camilo
- Juan Pablo
- Juan José
- Juan Esteban
- Carlos Andrés
- Juan Diego
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
- Laura Valentina
- Maria Camila
- María José
- María Fernanda
- María Alejandra
- Paula Andrea
- Ana María
- Luisa Fernanda
- Laura Sofia
- María Paula
Monday, January 24, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
There are 960,109 Colombianos who celebrate their birthdays in September, and another 933,264 in October. February is the month with the least births.
When I read this, I had to laugh. Long ago, we noticed that the overwhelming majority of people in my husband's family were born in September -- including Colombian Daddy himself.
Just an interesting statistic for your next game of Colombian Trivial Pursuit.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
First, this song is so well known around the Spanish speaking world that the producers of “The Simpsons” (the version dubbed in Spanish) had Bart sing it in an episode of the show. So here’s Bart singing La Pollera Colorá in Spanish:
The second is sadly ironic. Semana reported that during a 2006 concert in Bogotá featuring Cuban star Omara Portuondo and Colombian counterpart Carlos Vives, the audience was delighted when the duet interpreted La Pollera Colorá. When Wilson Choperena, who lives alone in a small room in the outskirts of the city, found out about it, he lamented that he hadn’t been invited. “But even with a free ticket” the article reads, “he still couldn’t have made it. He couldn’t afford the bus fare.” Apparently his only income is the $700 USD that he receives every six months as royalties for his work. “He survives thanks to charity” explains Semana and quotes Choperena as saying that he recently recorded a new album. He sells copies of it for 7 to 10 dollars to his friends and anyone who might want to buy it.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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.
Here’s a more updated version by
And this one that shows more of the culture surrounding the song:
Sunday, January 16, 2011
This most recent Wait List was published by ICBF on January 13, 2011. Once again, there has been a lot of movement. Great news for adoptive parents and for Colombian Children!!
Remember, the ICBF Wait List applies to adoptions through ICBF only -- not through CASAS PRIVADAS. It also ONLY APPLIES TO NON-COLOMBIAN FAMILIES. It DOES NOT reflect special needs children. The definition of special needs are children with disabilities, children over 8 years of age, and sibling groups of 3 or more.
Many dates have advanced again this time!!! YEAH!!!
The dates that have moved are in BLUE.
Also, this list only reflects that there are no more dossiers at the national office prior to the date shown. Dossiers from before Jun 2007 in the 0-23 months category, for example, may still need a referral, but they have already been sent to a region and are no longer waiting at the national office.
Age of Child ------- Date of Application Approval by ICBF
Child 0-12 months ------ Jun - 2007
Child 13 - 23 months ---- Jun - 2007
Child 2 years ----------- Apr - 2006
Child 2 - 3 years -------- Feb - 2007
Child 3 years ----------- Jun - 2006
Child 3 - 4 years -------- Nov - 2006
Child 4 years ----------- Dec - 2006
Child 4 -5 years -------- Aug - 2007
Child 5 years ----------- Aug - 2009
Child 5 - 6 years ------- Jul - 2008
Child 6 years ----------- NOT LISTED ON NEW FORM
Child 7 years ----------- Jul - 2010
2 Siblings 0 - 4 years --- Nov -2007
2 Siblings 0 - 5 years --- Nov -2007
2 Siblings 0 - 6 years --- Jan -2009
2 Siblings 0 - 7 years --- Oct-2009
2 Siblings 0 - 8 years --- Oct - 2010
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
However, there is no doubt that the music from the Caribbean region with its African and Cuban influences plays a prominent role in unifying the musical taste in Colombia. Also because these Caribbean rhythms have been around for so long, their influence spans several generations and allows for some generalizations about what old and young might recognize as Colombian, as you will see.
Now, and not a moment too soon, here's my pick for today's Tuesday Tunes: Subcategory -- Songs Most Colombians Will Recognize:
El Preso. By Fruko y Sus Tesos.
The song was released in 1975 during what I consider to be the Golden Years of Salsa in Colombia and the World. Fruko is the artistic name of the band’s founder Ernesto Estrada. “Tesos” is Costeno for “tieso”, which taken literally would mean “hard” or “tough”. Taken in the context of Colombian Caribbean culture though, the tesos would be guys who are really good at what they do. (BTW, people from the interior i.e. Bogota, who consider themselves better spoken, will say “duro” instead of “tieso”. Hence, in Bogota someone good at something is “un duro”) Anyway, these guys are really good.
El Preso is sung by Wilson Saoko Manyoma. I am pretty sure the guy’s name really is Wilson, but either Saoko or Manyoma has got to be a nickname.
Representative of Fruko's brand of Salsa, El Preso means “The Prisoner”. I guess at some point during the Seventies, Colombian trend setters made it cool to say they'd been in prison. And you thought this was unique among modern gangsta rappers. Now before you start thinking that Colombians started prison life glorification, the song really wasn't about being prison-grade bad. It has more to do with the most pervasive of feelings among Colombians: melancholy. The guy's broke, alone, tired, in prison, and who does he miss? His mommy, of course.
Lyrics aside, what makes this a remarkable song is Manyoma’s awesome voice over the piano driven percussion background. This became Fruko’s signature rhythm. A formula that was used to concoct several hits which, in turn, would propel them to stardom in Colombia and abroad (i.e. immigrants who liked Salsa abroad).
The video link above is great for getting to know the song and the singer. Not great for learning how to dance to it. He reminds me of myself trying to dance. This is a fast song that requires practice or at least some Zumba lessons before attempting it at the club in front of people.
Monday, January 10, 2011
El Paseo by Dago García
Friday, January 07, 2011
Thursday, January 06, 2011
If you are long time readers of my blog, you wil recognize the name and want to help Jane and her cause. The readers of this blog have helped FOCO get grants in the past, so please help. You can do so today! Also, feel free to post this information on your own personal blogs as well.
Here is the message I got from Jane:
Hi all, Another opportunity for big money. Can you go here and just "love" the video our friend Kim made for this contest?? The video is only a part of the application....keep your fingers crossed for us, please. Takes one minute. Thank you all, and happy new year. Jane
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
On the Fulbright website it states, "The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” "
In Colombia, the Fulbright program was established in January of 1957. Since that time more than 2,200 Colombians have had an opportunity to come to the US and research or teach at the post-graduate level.
During that same time period, more than 1,100 Americans have taught and researched in Colombia as Fulbright scholars.
The good news is that there may be a Colombian at a University near you :).