Photo Courtesy Columbia
Fonseca is one of the leading artists of the so-calle Tropipop movement, a Colombian style that blends together genres like Vallenato and Cumbia with Pop, Rock and R&B. This talented singer and songwriter has created one of the most pleasant sounds in Colombia. Some of the best songs from his repertoire includes tracks like "Desde Que No Estas, " "Te Mando Flores" and "Arroyito."
Photo Courtesy Discos Fuentes/Miami Records
Joe Arroyo is one of the most influential artists from Colombia. His prolific career was defined by the sounds of Salsa and different Caribbean rhythms such as Merengue, Soca and Reggae. From that fusion, he created a unique music style that became known as Joeson.
In Colombia, his music career took off during the time he joined the legendary band of Fruko y sus Tesos. However, he accomplished international fame with the hits he produced during his solo career. Some of the best hits produced by this talented artist include titles such as "La Rebelion", "La Noche, " "P'al Bailador" and "Suave Bruta."
Photo courtesy Philips Sonolux
Before becoming an international star, Carlos Vives was mostly known in Colombia as a soap opera actor. It was, indeed, from a popular soap opera that Carlos Vives borrowed the idea of singing Vallenato. His first Vallenato album, , was a compilation of classic songs that took the country by storm.
The sounds were so catchy that the album soon moved beyond the Colombian borders. Since then, Carlos Vives has been producing Vallenato and playing around this rhythm with innovative sounds that have shaped the singer's cross-over style. Carlos Vives has enriched Latin music with an important part of the Colombian folklore.
Photo Courtesy Sony U.S. Latin
Throughout history, Colombians have developed a taste for music coming from the Caribbean. In particular, Salsa found a prosperous place in the Pacific region and cities like Quibdo, Buenaventura and Cali became infatuated with this vibrant music.
Jairo Varela, a Quibdo native, was a young and talented musician interested in producing 'Made in Colombia' Salsa. That idea gave birth to Grupo Niche, a band that brought to Salsa a new and exhilarating flavor. During the 1980s, Niche built its sound thanks to albums like No Hay Quinto Malo and Tapando El Hueco. After the release of the album Cielo de Tambores, the band consolidated its image as one of the best names names in Salsa music. Top songs by Grupo Niche include titles like "Cali Pachanguero, " "Una Aventura" and "Cali Aji."
Photo courtesy Universal Latino
May 8, 2007 - Greenpeace rocks Beijing:
The four-day Midi Rock Music Festival, the largest outdoor music festival in China. 50,000 rock music fans came to the park to listen to more than 100 Chinese and overseas bands play over the four days.
The crowd were here for the music, but also for the atmosphere. Like every rock music festival, the Midi is young, dynamic and even explosive. But what makes the Midi unique compared to its western counterparts, is there is no place in China where one can dress in full punk gear without drawing curious eyes, or run around the park with a "Rock China!" red flag without drawing the police