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Lisandro Meza

Lisandro Meza played an important role in the evolution of cumbia, the traditional big band dance music of Colombia. A master of vallenato sabanero, an accordion-driven style of music, Meza forged a sound that has been described as "a cross between rural Dominican merengue, Louisiana zydeco, and Tex-Mex norteño." Meza initially attracted attention as a founding member of Los Corraleros de Majagual. One of Colombia's most popular bands in the 1960s, the group served as the breeding ground for such influential artists as Fruko, the "Godfather of Salsa." Leaving Los Corraleros De Majagual to focus on a solo career, Meza has continued to influence the music of Colombia and Latin America. His hits include the drinking songs, "El Guayabo de la Ye (The Hangover of the Year)" and "La Botella Picomoche" (The Big-Mouthed Bottle). ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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taty24ny
Colombia has a lot of rythms like the cumbia, vallenato, porro, bambuco, etc. However Cumbia and Vallenato are the most known worldwide.
Viva mis hermanos Colombianos!
con estas canciones me acuerdo de Monterrey en mis primeros pininos de bailar saludos desde Corpus Christi Tx.
Viva la Paz colonbia y Mexicó Cabrones as
Waaaaapaaaah e y y y y y ! ! ! ! EL MAESTRO LISANDRO!!!! ! Musica y Mujeres Colombianas lo mas hermoso!!!!!
ivetteahedo
No importa de donse es, al ke Le Gusta, Le gusta y ya, para ke se pelean?
Yo soy hondureño pero esto me gusta
I'll skip the insults and get to the truth. Vallenato was born in Colombia, without a doubt. The accordions came from European traders, most likely Germans, traveling to Colombia in the late 1800s. The Colombians did the rest. I'll apologize to anyone I might offend in advance, but before I heard Vallenato music, I wouldn't get within 100 miles of an accordion. Polka music? Forget about it. Vallenato, it's completely different. I hope to go to Colombia to hear it from where it was born.
Oyeme k ritmo tan guapachoso!
Hey Harris you are more than a douche bag. You are basura. How dare you say that Colombia copied anything at all from mejico. It is all the way around. Mejico does not have notthing original in anything since they copy everything from everybody. And then they f**k it up.
mtrigueros1e 5
Ay bendita sea mi mama! A lo Macho!:-)
where this people get this information? ? the vallenato was born in Colombia, another thing is that Mexican groups copy or try to imitate the vallenato as they do with the cumbia as well.
wilforu
Craig Harris.. you sir are a complete douche!
wilforu
No no vallenato is from Colombia... No joda!
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Hay noma tambo que Linda la música colombiana !!
Gracias Colombia por tu gran música att Neto Amaya desde Monterrey NL del Grupo Amaya y Houston Tx.
Huepaje.....
diazgeorger
First of all I truly thank Pandora for this forum, but allow me to set the record straight for vallenato, cumbia, and el maestro Lizandro Meza. Vallenato is part legend, part real life and all folklore. Originating from three roots euro, Afro and Indio-Americ a the three merge with there musical representati v e s the accordion, caja(drum) and guacharaca (indigenous) . Cumbia comes from the cumbe tribe of western Africa transported to the Caribbean coast of gran Colombia during slave times the Africa
Sabroso!!! Sabroso!!!
gilflo910
P**che Piruojos, tel osico Wuisos
abla blemo pol cell
Puya not pita I meant to say
This is 100% Colombian, no Mexican influence at all. Colombian music is rich and has many different rhythms for example porros ,fandangos, pasebol, cumbion, and many others derived from cumbia. Vallenato is not cumbia and is divided into four styles, paseo, son, merengue and pita. Pandora needs to hire better qualified people!!!
Originated in mexico???? Wow!! whomever pandora is paying to write the bio's about the music they play on their channels, they are wasting their $$... Vallenato and Cumbia Originated in the carribean of colombia and it influence the tex mex music and a mexican type of music that resembles cumbia, but both of those are colombian carribean folklore,, Give me a break... tex mex is still in its infancy compare to vallenato and the other accordian music from Dominican Republic which is calle Merengu
La cumbia mas sabrosa hermano la mejor que viva colombia
me encanta pandora
Vallenato from Mexico???? wow someone is not doing their work right in here. Shouldn't be getting paid for crappy information! ! ITS FROM COLOMBIA!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
mrs.ice562
Vallenato from Mexico? Hahaha
WTH.... Vallenato comes from the Colombian people and the style belongs to no one else. Mexico has its rancheras... Celedon's father did mix his Colombian style with a mexican ritmo, but thats all good bc lets look at Jorge, his son. In the end We are all brothers despite the borders. Q VIVA America Latino
leytza8
Who is this yahoo doing the bio and review. Vallenato does not have Mexican roots ande the only s9imilaritie s are with the accordion. In the past I read bios written by this inept and saw many mistakes but dimissed them as typos but now I know this guy is just trying to wing it thinking that the people who listen to this stations are anglos with no knowledge of the music they are listening to. Mr. school yourself before you write something else.
las plumas negras de panama!!! pandora
the andigeonous folksin panama mightwant a piece of your a** as well!!!
like you said more reserch less, this is what think!
accordian driven latin music do not originate in mexico.
Yes, I agree 100% with Martin Franco and pj, good job guys. I wish Pandora would hire a researcher and not one that comes up with a thought and publishes it as a fact. To Mr. Craig Harris please get your facts before you offend people with your opinions.
I honestly do not know where you guys got the information that Vallenato is an accordion driven style of music ORIGINATED in Mexico. I am sure they play accordion in Mexico, but that does not mean that Vallenato originated there. Vallenato is the Colombian type of chant, by excellence.
Lisandro Meza es uno de los mejores de Colombia (Me gusta mucho)
the best
Lisandro Meza is a genius... The soul of Colombia... See him live if you get the chance. His band ROCKS!!!
ditto, Vallenato Sabanero is 100% Colombian, and it is an honor that Northen Mexican Music borrows from it.
pj052903
Hey Craig, need more research; Vallenato is a word for a music style that is born from the region Valle del Cesar in Colombia, originally played with guitar and after the accordion was introduced by german priests centuries ago to the region it was adopted to this original colombian music style. Mexican accordion music is played with keyboard accordion, Vallenato is played with buttons accordion. No way you can compare buddy, both are born with different styles and in different times and places.
Hi Craig, Vallenato was originated in Valledupar, Colombia where gets it's name and then was borrowed by Mexican bands.
His cumbia is crazy cool.
imemarq
da music suksssssssss s s s s s s s s s s s s s
Love his music.
to: Martin

i agree, good job....
The reason the Cumbia of Lisandro Meza might remind some people of Merengue or Zydeco is because of the African rhythms (Cumbia rhythms are West African in origin). Tex-Mex music shares the Colombian love of the accordion and has borrowed the Cumbia as one of it's rhythms as has much of the music of Central America, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Argentina. But the music originates and is deeply rooted in Colombian soil. Craig Harris, do your research pendejo.
The bio is written by "un gringo pendejo" that doesn't know a damn thing about Colombian music. Vallenato Sabanero did not "originate in Mexico" it is from the Sabana in the coastal area of northern Colombia. It may sound to outsiders as a cross between Merengue, Zydeco and Tex-Mex but all Colombians know that Lisandro Meza's music is deeply rooted and reflects the folkloric traditions of the north coast of Colombia - music that is a cross between African, Indigenous and European influence.
To: Katherine Diaz
Where did it say the music is from Mexico? Please go back and read the bio again...It said its a crossed between rural Dominican merengue, Louisiana zydeco, and Tex-Mex norteño...It s sounds like you think there trying to take your cumbia style of music? Cumbia es de Colombia, now if Mexico likes to also play cumbia you should be happy that other so called countries are playing cumbia music..(to me every latino americano is the same, mexicano, puerto rico, colomibia, etc)
Someone needs to fix that bio because Vallenato Sabanero is Colombian music not Mexican. Some Mexican music actually is directly influenced by Colombian music not the other way around. Vallenato is Colombian music and Sabanero means from the Sabana which is a Colombian territorial term. Both cultures do use acordians but they are a result of German influence in both countries.
que viva colombia CARAJO! q buenos recuerdos de esa hermosa tierra...nos vemos pronto por alla!
yo no soy colombiano pero que buena es estos vallenato que vivan lovallenato
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