The International Music CD of the Month is Ancentras (paid link) by Petrona Martínezi. Colombian icon Petrona Martínez is the most influential group in bullerengue history, a genre led and preserved by elderly women in the Maroon Caribbean for centuries. Their new album, ANCESTRAS features collaborations with Susana Baca, Angelique Kidjo, Aymée Nuviola, Nidia Gongora, among other remarkable women. ANCESTRAS constitutes their latest recordings at the peak of the vocalist´s powers as composer, vocalist, and group leader. Their octogenarian leader Petrona Martinez Villa has composed hundreds of songs while leaving her cultural marks: three Grammy nominations among countless accolades and above all, the prominence of the historically marginalized bullerengue music as a canonical genre of Colombian national identity and the Maroon Heritage‐Spotify.
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