In the first half, Maria Mulata's group plays traditional Colombian music from all regions as well as her original compositions. Mulata is one of the amazing new up-and-coming female singers from Colombia. Her style blends the rich cultural influences of Totó la Momposina, Etelvina Maldonado, Petrona Martinez, and Nidia Góngora, among many others. She has been sought out for her memorable, high-energy performances which incorporate an array of new sounds (new to this particular Colombian genre, that is) in her vastly folkloric repertoire.
Mulata has a degree in performance from the prestigious Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. She is the 2007 winner of La Gaviota de Plata from the world-renowned Festival Viña del Mar in Chile, as well as a 2009 Nuestra Tierra award from RCN (Colombia's NBC equivalent). In 2008, she received a Golden Record award for her album Itinerario de Tambores. Later that year, her record Los Vestidos de la Cumbia was listed in the Top 10 of one of Colombia's most illustrious magazines, Semana. Mulata has performed at some of the most prestigious music festivals around the globe, including those in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, México, Chile, South Africa, France, Germany, and Belgium. Most recently she was a decorated guest at the ceremony for Colombia's bicentennial.
Her performances have captivated audiences, taking them on a journey through the sounds of the Caribbean, the Colombia Amazonas, and exciting folklore of the Pacific. In addition to singing in her native tongue, Mulata interprets compositions in Sanandresano Creole, Portuñol (a mix of Portuguese and Spanish), and a distinct dialect from the town of Palenque. She is one of the most promising and versatile performers in a new wave of artists representing traditional South American music.
With the help of her musical director, arranger, and bassist Esther Rojas, Mulata will be performing traditional Colombian rhythms mixed with original compositions from styles including cumbia, porro, fandango, currulao, champeta, chande, and tamborito. She will be joined by a student group organized by LCMC '10 coordinator Oscar Stagnaro and Colombian native Leonardo Tatis.
In the second half, Bernardo Hernandez leads this Latin jazz big band, with students and some guests performing a very diverse program—from mambo to contemporary Latin jazz (Machito, Tito Puente, etc.), mostly instrumentals. It's one of the most talented and diverse groups of students at the college.
Read more about the Latin Music and Culture Celebration.