Sonidos Colombianos presents the music from one of the most culturally diverse countries of Latin America: Colombia! Every Sunday night join us as we explore the sounds from the legendary town of "Macondo". Our bilingual musical tour is guaranteed to include not only "cumbia", but also the guitar-based "bambuco" from the Andean region, the harp "llanero" music from the Eastern Plains, and the accordion-driven "vallenato" of the North Atlantic Coast.
Sonidos Colombianos also features the big band music from the 50's, to the newer afro-caribbean music called "champeta". And let's not forget the "salsa" from Cali, the "salsa capital of South America". The last program of each month focuses on one specific musical genre, group or composer.
Since the show's inception on January 13, 1991, Sonidos Colombianos has interviewed numerous local and international musical groups such as
Recently, on July 20, 1998, Sonidos Colombianos presented a 13-hour music festival to mark Colombia's independence day. Unprecedented on the New York FM airwaves, this festival featured extensive and detailed educational segments, including: never-heard-before recordings of vallenato accordionists competing for the "Rey Vallenato" title in Colombia, interviews with an American and Colombian musicologist on the local New York "costeņo" music scene and the carnival music of Barranquilla, and several on-air interviews with WKCR listeners about how they felt about their music. Of course, the festival ended in the WKCR jazz tradition by playing Charles Mingus' piece, "Cumbia and Jazz Fusion".