You had Cain & Abel, Cal & Aron Trask (East of Eden), Liam & Noel Gallagher and UMB & Caballo. lol.

Caballo contacted me on My Space back in 2009 and I showed him some support and introduced him to the blogging world and Generation Bass. He started sending me stuff that he thought would be interesting for the blog and so instead of posting what he sent me, I just asked him to join us instead and post the shit himself.  For a while, we were the Holy Trinity (un-holy to some), Vince, UMB & Caballo.

In late 2010, things went bad for a while, we hated each other, some bad people ( we know who u are, as do u) tried to make some mileage out of that but we’re back on good, friendlier terms.  Older, wiser and more tolerant and perhaps we have a mutual understanding of each other’s complexities and behaviours a lot more now or maybe we have both just mellowed out.

Anyway, it’s with great pleasure that I introduce Caballo back to Generation Bass with his awesome Top 10 of Colombian tunes.  This is educational (I didn’t know Santana ripped that Maria track!!) and a great insight into colombian music that I love so much!  Many of my personal favourites in here!  A great, great Top 10!!!

Make sure to check out his blog posts on the Mad Decent & Tropical Bass sites, check out his Latino Resiste label and his productions/releases.

Here’s what he says:

Top 10 Colombian Songs from Caballo

I personally haven’t written this sort of posts since my early days of Generation Bass.  So, let’s say, this is a “ GB old-school post”.  UMB asked me to post my top 10 Colombian tracks of all the time.  What a gargantuan task, because there are too many great songs. But I did my best.

Instead of making a top in terms of ranking, I decided to do a top 10; that could represent a lot for Colombian people and/or musicians.

I hope you click on them, if you fancy.

10. Lucho Bermudez y su Orquesta – La Pollera Colora’

As you will see at the 13 seconds mark, Lucho Bermudez successfully blended two worlds, Jazz & Cumbia, it made accessible for the ‘elite’ to enjoy and dance the popular music, but at the same time, it gave a whole new level to the genre, in where notes, rests, lines and academic terms finally could give a context and copyrights to the music from their ancestors.

9. Carlos Román y su Conjunto Vallenato – Very Very Well

Carlos Roman & his Vallenato put in a Colombian context the American rock & roll hype that was swallowing the whole planet, their creation, opened a whole door for something that became perhaps our biggest musical export: Tropical Music.

8. Eliseo Herrera – El Trabalenguas

Colombians did not have urban music, like hip hop or rap, but as a fact much before funk days, Los Corraleros del Majagual, where dropping their fast lyrics.

We did not invent rap. But recordings suggest the idea, Eliseo Herrera & Los corraleros were rapping before it was cool to be a rapper.

This, in particular is actually the “modern version” of the original song.

7. La Derecha – Ay Que Dolor

Now, a lot of people may say, this is just a bunch of old tunes, what a wacko.. So for my next one I do have one that it is not old dude music, in a sense, but it deserves to be dropped in the top 10.

This song has a Boogaloo vibe that got ripped off by Santana several times with his hit songs Maria, and the one with the matchbox twenty dude.. anyway, This song rocks! Literally!

6. Otto Serge & Rafael Ricardo – Señora

Señora ! This Vallenato, is simply an anthem. I do not think there is a single song that has seen more liquor in Colombia than this one. If you are Colombian, most likely someone dropped this song after a heavy party.

5. Fruko y sus – Tesos El Preso

Salsa! What musical genre could be more Colombian, (after Cumbia) than Salsa. And who could be better than Discos Fuentes Biggest start from all times: FRUKO.

And what better than Fruko’s biggest hit: EL PRESO.

4. Joe Arroyo – No Le Pegue a La Negra

But Fruko’s youngest singer became the biggest Salsa star from Colombia, Joe Arroyo makes it to 4.

La Negra. Nuff Said

3. Jorge Veloza – La Cucharita

This particular genre doesn’t have as much hype outside Colombia, but let me tell you, it is HUGE! Carranguera makes it to the top 3, with this.

2. Diomedez Diaz – La Plata

The second place is for a dude, who (by himself) actually was the only support for Sony Music Colombia during a decade! He sold so many discs that Sony did not go bankrupt in Colombia having one of the highest piracy rates in the planet!! And he probably sold 4 times more pirate CDs, so we are talking about a dude who perfectly has sold 1 official millions copies per album and probably twice that in pirate cds and he has around 40+ albums!!

Colombian OJ Simpson, the only cocaine-killer-over the top celebrity, whose music is so great, we all get the blind eye, so he can keep doing music.


Toto y la Momposina – La Verdolaga

Number 1, perhaps it is not the most famous of them all. But it is the most influential one.

This song comes from a very old tradition that was kept by African Slaves in San Basilio de Palenque for centuries, and their generations.

And this particular approach to cumbia, gave birth to Vallenato.
In fact, this gave birth to digital cumbia. I could write the whole history of digital cumbia, but for today, I’d like you to take my word.

So, without a La Verdolaga, you would not have ANY of the other 9 songs you heard before.






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