Friday, July 21, 2017

The Best of Colombia: 20 Artists You Need to Hear

The Best of Colombia: 20 Artists You Need to Hear:

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Juanes performs during the Nobel Peace Prize concert on Dec. 11, 2016 in Oslo, Norway.

Celebrate Colombian Independence Day with the 20 best Colombian artists of all time.

No country has seen a bigger impact on Billboard’s Latin charts in the past two years than Colombia.

Once recognized for a few power acts, including Shakira, Carlos Vives and Juanes, Colombia has morphed into a pop music powerhouse, whose recent superstars include Maluma and J Balvin. But the South American nation is extraordinarily rich in musical genres and traditions that go beyond the pop and reggaeton you may have heard on the radio.

In honor of Colombian Independence (July 20), here is a list of the Colombian acts you need to hear (in no particular order):

Carlos Vives



Fruko y Sus Tesos



Toto la Momposina



Joe Arroyo



Shakira



Grupo Niche



J Balvin



La Sonora Dinamita



Juanes



Silvestre Dangond



Maluma



Bomba Estereo



Manuel Medrano



Jorge Celedón



Fonseca



Herencia de Timbiquí



Martina La Peligrosa



Chocquibtown



Peter Manjarres



Cabas