Editors’ Notes This Colombian artist adds a smooth, contemporary polish to traditional vallenato music as part of la nueva ola (the New Wave). Embellished by guitar, bass, and occasional brass, Dangond's tunes trot forward with a steady, four-square beat to the distinct scraping of the guacharaca, a ribbed stick. An accordion often squeezes out melodic flourishes, while his warm voice brims with excitement as it cascades through smooth glides and emphatic yelps. Steeped in nostalgia, these recordings have the intimacy of a rural backyard performance, yet they pack enough punch to fill a concert stadium.

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