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Grupo Naidy

Grupo Naidy, located in Cali, Columbia, play a marimba and drum music referred to as currulao, a strikingly African-inflected design which has flourished in the Pacific coastline of southern Columbia and northern Ecuador (the group’s repertoire also embraces juga, arrulo, salve, bunde, alabao, and canto de boga parts). Led by percussionist Irlando “Maky” Lopez, Grupo Naidy contains marimba virtuosos Jose Antonio Torres and Budilo Cauma Renteria and cantaora vocalist Juana Maria Angulo. Grupo Naidy acquired just finished documenting their first record in 2004 (Arriba Suena Marimba: Currulao Marimba Music from Columbia, released on Smithsonian Folkways in 2006) when two various other associates of the group, bothers Alex Cuama Valencia and Jiminson Cuama Valencia, had been shot and wiped out in Buenaventura.

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