I looked up the title of this five-CD collection for inclusion in liner notes for another album cover Alicia is creating today, and was amazed to see that it is currently available on Amazon! I thought it was out of print.
The collection is a Who’s Who of Colombian folk singers. Alicia is one of only two women featured. Of the 100 recordings, 99 are traditional arrangements, a sharp contrast with Alicia’s more modern arrangement of Chambú.
To give you a feel for the difference, here is Tiplecito de mi vida, sung by Berenice Chavez (the other woman in the list):
Compare it with Alicia Isabel Santacruz’s rendition of Chambú:
The other 98 songs are male ensembles playing guitars, tiples, and/or cuatros. Most sound very much like María Antonia by the famous duo Garzón y Collazos:
I have no idea how much Alicia’s pioneering has to do with it, but there are now other musicians creating modern versions of traditional music styles, especially vallenato. Check out two of my favorites, Fonseca and Carlos Vives.