Totó la Momposina

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Totó la Momposina
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Background information
Birth name Sonia Bazanta Vides
Also known as Totó la Momposina
Born (1940-08-01)August 1, 1940
Talaigua Nuevo, Bolívar, Colombia
Genres Cumbia, Bullerengue
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1964–present
Labels Real World Records

Sonia Bazanta Vides, better known as Totó la Momposina, is a Colombian singer of Afro-Colombian and Indigenous descent. She was born in the northern Colombian town of Talaigua Nuevo near Mompox in the Bolívar Department, but she released her 1993 album "La Candela Viva" on Peter Gabriel's Real World Records label.


Totó is from the fourth generation of her family to be involved with music, and her children are following in the tradition.[citation needed]


  • Cantadora (MTM Auvidisc, 1983)
  • Colombia - Totó La Momposina y sus Tambores (Auvidis 4513, 1989)
  • La Candela Viva (Realworld Records 31 1992)
  • Carmelina (MTM, 1995)
  • Pacantó (Colombia: MTM/Europe:Nuevos Medios/USA: World Village, 2000)
  • Gaita y Tambores
  • Total - 2 disc compilation
  • Michel Cleis feat - Totó La Momposina - La Mezcla - samples tracks El Pescador and Curura from the La Candela Viva album (2009)

Two songs from La Candela Viva were included on the soundtrack of the movie Jungle 2 Jungle.

Her song "La Verdolaga" has been sampled on Rich Boy's "Get to Poppin'" produced by Brian Kidd.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Latin Grammy Awards[edit]

A Latin Grammy Award is an accolade by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. Totó la Momposina has two awards from four nominations thanks to her collaboration with the urban group Calle 13 with their song Latinoamérica, in 2013 will receive the award for excellence thanks to his musical career.

Year Recipient Award Result
2000 Pacantó Best Folk Album Nominated
2002 Pacantó Best Traditional Tropical Album Nominated
2009 La Bodega Best Traditional Tropical Album Nominated
2011 "Latinoamérica" Record of the Year Won
"Latinoamérica" Song of the Year Won
2013 Special Awards Lifetime Achievement Award Won


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