Totó Releases Oye Manita, the third in her retrospective series of albums.

Oye Manita

 

Totó la Momposina arrived in Paris in 1979 as a refugee with no French, no money and no abode. A theatre company took her under it’s wing and it wasn’t long before she was travelling through Provence with this group of mime artists, street performers and musicians, along with their hot-air balloon, double-decker bus, merry-go-round and mobile cinema. Totó’s formidable voice, charisma and songs were an instant success and France became a launch-pad for her career.

This album tells the story of Totó’s endearing relationship with France that continues to evolve today. The track list features the first recordings Totó made in Paris in the 1980s and cover her career until the present day, including previously unreleased songs. This is a quality package with beautiful artwork, ample sleeve notes and photos from the past and present.

The retrospective series … TAMBOLERO / OYE MANITA / LA VERDOLAGA

These releases are part of a retrospective series telling the (amazing) stories of Totó’s life and travels to date … a way of celebrating her career so far using notes, artwork and photos.

Chapter 1. Tambolero. 2015. Real World. This told the story of Totó’s relationship with England – along with the wider context of her life and career. It recreated the original La Candela Viva album – adding recordings and mixing everything afresh … effectively becoming a new record.

Chapter 2. Oye Manita. 2018. Astar Artes Recordings. This album tells the story of Totó’s relationship with France going back to the 1970s. Again it is a quality package with beautiful artwork, ample sleeve notes and photos from the past and present. The track list features the first recordings Totó made in Paris in the 1980s and cover her career until the present day, including previously unreleased songs.

La Verdolaga. 2018. Astar Artes. The vinyl is a bridge between the two. Here both chapters meet as the collections work in parallel and the stories with France and England inter-relate. On side A tracks from Real World’s Tambolero (inc an unreleased track recorded last year) and side B tracks from Oye Manita.

There is a nod here also to the extraordinary influence Totó’s music has had on dance music over the last decade, especially House and Hip-hop. Producers continue to be inspired by her soulful delivery and the hypnotic groove of her tambores and flutes – La Verdolaga being one of the most popular songs. One of the most recent samples was used by Jay-Z on his last album 4:44.

TOTÓ LA MOMPOSINA LA VERDOLAGA LP 22 June 2018

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Seventy eight years old this year, Totó is now a legendary figure known and loved throughout the world by the millions of hearts she has touched with her soulful voice, inspiring charisma and gentle, fun-loving nature. More than that, she is also the mother of three children and the grandmother of nine grandchildren – a wise woman who has experienced hardship as well as joy throughout her long career. This album is part of a retrospective collection celebrating Totó’s musical journey – a series that is accompanied by stories of remarkable adventures and experiences. Songs on this record are drawn from the album Tambolero, that tells the story of her relationship with England, and Oye Manita, exploring her time in France. This album also features a previously unreleased track, recorded in 2017.Side A from the forthcoming album OYE MANITA – includes LA VERDOLAGA
Side B from the album TAMBOLERO – includes the classic song EL PESCADORNew track is an instrumental VIENTO SUELTO – a flute and tambor piece Totó dances to on stage.
The song LA VERDOLAGA was sampled by Jay-Z last year on the album 4:44 for the track We Family.

Latest news Totó La Momposina Triumphant Live Performance in London

Totó La Momposina made a rare live appearance in London on Friday night as part of La Linea Festival at Cadogan Hall.

From the start Totó had us, and the whole of the sold out audience, in the palm of her hand with a masterful performance full of passion and effortless control. For all the cultural and historical importance that Totó’s music clearly has this was an audience fully embracing and engaging in the moment.

Playing music from across her career, including music from La Candela Viva and Tambolero, seeing Totó La Momposina live is a euphoric celebration of the music of Colombia.

More live shows in Europe throughout May and June.

Photos by York Tillyer.

New Live Video and Audio “Julio Moreno”

We’re delighted to make an unreleased track from Totó la Momposina’s 2015 album Tambolero available to stream/download from today: smarturl.it/TotoJulioMoreno. ‘Julio Moreno’ was recorded live at Real World Studios in 1991 as part of the sessions for the La Candela Viva album, produced by the legendary Phil Ramone. La Candela Viva was the album that finally brought Totó international recognition and sealed her reputation in her native Colombia. The track wasn’t included in the final version of that album and the recording was only rediscovered as part of the work that became the Tambolero album, released in 2015. Finally getting a proper release, ‘Julio Moreno’ is already a live favourite and is a must have for all Totó fans. Totó tours the UK/Europe this Spring: smarturl.it/TotoDates

Totó la Momposina Returns to London

Photo: Josh Pulman

Photo: Josh Pulman

Totó la Momposina makes a rare London appearance with a new show inspired by her last album Tambolero. Now in her 70s, Totó has become a legend worldwide for her work with traditional music from the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Investigating and preserving the music of her homeland when it was unfashionable to do so, she has inspired several generations whilst constantly developing her own musical traditions.

Totó has collaborated with many artists, from Celina Gonzalez and Remmy Ongala to Calle 13 and Lila Downs. Her music has been sampled and remixed by countless DJs and producers from Timbaland to Michel Cleis – indeed the trance-like grooves of her Tambores and the majesty of her voice continue to be irresistible.

Totó’s story is also that of modern Colombia – from displaced economic migration to the horrors of civil war, from the joy of music and dance to the celebration of peace and a cultural identity. Her new show features members of her family, tambores (drums), flutes and voices and also features projections showing the history of the music and dance in performance.

“She’s got the magic and she knows how to use it, percolating her percussion-centered ensemble into a froth that thickens time into an eternal ecstatic present” The Beat

“Living, breathing power music, born on an island in the Madalena River of African, Caribbean and native South American roots.” CMJ New World Music

“A small human thunderstorm … with galvanising voice.” Froots

“A majestic, powerful and versatile singer.” The Guardian

“Haunting and open-handed.” The Times

“Totó La Momposina is a charismatic Latin musical matriarch whose magnificent voice and traditional percussion-based street music are astonishingly raw and powerful.” Time Out

With support of the Embassy of Colombia to the UK

Buy you tickets here:

Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace
London
SW1X 9DQ
020 7730 4500
www.cadoganhall.com