A magnificent performer, Toto La Momposina is a charismatic living legend of Afro-Colombian song, the original “Queen of Cumbia” whose entire life has been dedicated to representing the music of her country’s Caribbean coastline. Cumbia is the percussive style characterised by off-beat polyrhythms which exploded across Latin America and beyond; today it is one of the most influential and best-loved musical exports of the region.
Real World Records has just re-launched her seminal and ground-breaking 1991 album La Candela Viva, seen by many as a landmark in the evolution of Colombian music. Totó became an inspirational force preserving and developing the music and taking it to the world. Totó received the Womex Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 and the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.