"Feel the conga," chants Colombian trio ChocQuibTown on their tropical hip-hop song "Uh La La." The track is built on Afro-funk rhythms with Spanish lyrics playfully calling out a series of dance moves. The presentation is so lively and infectious, how could you be doing anything but feeling the conga? ChocQuibTown hails from Quibdó, the capital of Colombia's Pacific coast rainforest region, Chocó, which gave the group its name. Their brand of Afro-Colombian club beats seem destined for international discovery just as previous generations embraced their nation's cumbia and vallenato music. For the members of ChocQuibTown, wider recognition—most recently a 2012 Latin Grammy nomination—is not only for their music but for Colombia's largely hidden African roots. The group freely mixes the Afro-Colombian tradition with hip-hop, soul and dancehall influences, their inspired, booty-shaking fusion summed up nicely by the title of their recent album, Eso es lo que hay (That's the Way It Is). – Judy Cantor-Navas, Google Play
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