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 reached international attention with the release of her 1993 album La Candela Viva on Peter Gabriel's Real World Records label.[1]


Totó was born in the northern Colombian town of Talaigua Nuevo near Mompox in the Bolívar Department. She is from the fourth generation of her family to be involved with music, and her children are following in the tradition.[1]


  • 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 1997 movie Jungle 2 Jungle.

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

The Grammy Award is an accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to recognize outstanding achievement on the music industry.

Year Recipient Award Result
2015 El Asunto Best Tropical Latin Album Nominated

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 for her collaboration with the urban group Calle 13 on their song "Latinoamérica", receiving in 2013 the lifetime achievement award.

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
2014 El Asunto Best Folk Album Nominated

Premios Nuestra Tierra[edit]

A Premio Nuestra Tierra is an accolade that recognize outstanding achievement in the Colombian music industry. Totó la Momposina has received a nomination.[2]

Year Recipient Award Result
2014 "La Candela Viva" (with Jorge Celedón) Best Folk Performance of the Year Nominated


  1. ^ a b Biography at Real World.
  2. ^ Premios Nuestra Tierra received to Totó la Momposina:

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