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Background information
Origin Chocó, Colombia
Genres Hip hop, funk, Afro-Colombian
Years active 2000–present
Labels Nacional Records
Sony Music
Associated acts Sidestepper
La Mojarra Eléctrica
Members Carlos "Tostao" Valencia
Gloria "Goyo" Martínez
Miguel "Slow" Martínez

ChocQuibTown (sometimes written as Choc Quib Town) is a Latin Grammy Award-winning Colombian hip-hop group. Even though the band formed in Cali, the members are originally from the Colombian department of Chocó. The group consists of Carlos "Tostao" Valencia (rapping), his wife Gloria "Goyo" Martínez (singing and rapping), and Gloria's brother Miguel "Slow" Martínez (production and rapping).

ChocQuibTown performing at Central Park Summer Stage, New York City, 2011


Gloria Martínez (born 12 July 1982) and her younger brother Miguel (born 1986) were both born and grew up in the small town of Condoto in the department of Chocó in western Colombia. Their father Miguel had a large collection of records ranging from salsa and local chirimia bands to Western pop like Michael Jackson[1][2] and Gloria has said that her nickname "Goyo" comes from the fact that as a girl she loved listening to her father's records, in particular "Goyito Sabater" by the Puerto Rican band El Gran Combo - she sang along to the song so often that her family started calling her "Goyito", which was later shortened to "Goyo".[3] Father Miguel was from a musical family: his cousin was Jairo Varela, founder of Grupo Niche, one of Colombia's best known salsa bands.[1]

Due to Miguel senior's job as an electrician the Martínez family moved first to the department's capital Quibdó, where his children Gloria and Miguel first met and became friends with Quibdó native Carlos Yahony Valencia (born 5 March 1981), and then later to the sea port of Buenaventura. As Colombia's major Pacific port the town saw a lot of trade coming in from the US, and the Martínez children started to hear American hip hop music from Los Angeles and other parts of the US, brought in the sailors on the ships.[2]

Having graduated from school in Buenaventura, Gloria moved to Cali to study psychology at university, while also becoming involved in the city's fledgling underground hip hop scene. It was in Cali in 2000 that she met Valencia again, who had moved with his mother to live in the city, and was now also involved in rapping. Over a meeting in one of Cali's parks, Valencia told Martínez about his idea to create a band to make a fusion of Colombian Afro-Caribbean music and hip hop from the perspective of the Afro-Caribbean people of the Chocó, and to promote this neglected corner and culture of Colombia, an idea that appealed to Martínez.[3] Her brother Miguel, who had become interested in producing music on his computer, asked to join them, and ChocQuibTown was born. The band named themselves after the city and department that they had grown up in: Tostao said that "we chose the name because it's very sonorous, and in music all the elements you use must be focused in sound".[2]

Tostao convinced the Martínez siblings that they had to move to Bogotá to pursue their musical ambitions. In Bogotá, Tostao sung with various local bands, including Mensajeros, Carbono and La Mojarra Eléctrica. Goyo was invited to join the salsa/electronic group Sidestepper[3] - the group's founders Richard Blair and Iván Benavides heard the musical ideas of Tostao and Goyo and encouraged them to pursue their ambitions and record their own songs. The band played at the "Hip Hop al Parque" festival in the capital in 2004 and won the competition for best band at the festival, their prize being 10 million pesos.

Their first album, Somos Pacífico (2006), was recorded and released independently by the band and produced by Blair and Benavides. Their music and live shows were gaining a reputation and in 2008 ChocQuibTown signed to Nacional Records and released their second album, Oro. The album also became their first international release with US and UK versions the following year, although these differed from the Colombian version, being compilations of tracks from both Somos Pacífico and the Colombian release of Oro. The group undertook an extensive world tour in 2010 (including over 40 dates in Europe alone) which included the festivals of South by Southwest in the US, Glastonbury and Lovebox in the UK, Roskilde in Denmark, and Parkpop in the Netherlands. The group's third album, Eso Es Lo Que Hay, was released on Sony Music in November 2011, and was produced by Andrés Castro and Slow.

In 2013 the band released Behind the Machine (Detrás de la Máquina), an album of songs from their previous albums re-recorded in a simpler, more traditional style without technology.

When the band play live they are joined on stage by Milton Jurado (guitar), Jhon Sanchez (electric bass and backing vocals), Larry Viveros (tambora, congas and marimba) and Andrés Zea (drums).

Personal life[edit]

Tostao and Goyo have been a couple since 2002: they married on 7 December 2011 in a hacienda a short distance north of Bogota.[4] In October 2012 they announced they were expecting their first child in April 2013.[5]


Their song also featured as soundtrack in EA Sports video game twice: "El Bombo (Toquemen el Bombo)" in FIFA 11 and "Uh La La" in FIFA 15.



As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Somos Pacífico" 2006 Somos Pacífico
"Pescao Envenenao"
"El Bombo (Toquemen el Bómbo)" 2008 El Bombo
"Oro" 2009 Oro
"Son Berejú"
"De Donde Vengo Yo" 2010
(featuring Tego Calderón & Zully Murillo)
2011 21 Eso Es Lo Que Hay
"Hasta el Techo" 7
"Uh La La" 2013
"Cuando Te Veo" 2015 1 EL Mismo
"—" denotes a title that was not released or did not chart in that territory

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles
Title Year Peak chart positions Album



"Creo en América"
(Diego Torres featuring ChocQuibTown & Ivete Sangalo)
2011 N/A
"El Mar de Sus Ojos"
(Carlos Vives featuring ChocQuibTown)
2014 1 11 15 2 1 Más + Corazón Profundo
"Un Paso Hacia La Paz"
(with Artists for #SoyCapaz)

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single songs with guest appearances by ChocQuibTown
Title Year Artist(s) Album
"Iron Lion Zion" 2014 Santana, Ziggy Marley Corazón


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 Nominee/work Award Result
2011 Oro[16][17] Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album Nominated
2015 Behind the Machine Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban 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.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2009 ChocQuibTown[18] Best New Artist Nominated
2010 "De Donde Vengo Yo"[16][18] Best Alternative Song Won
2012 "Calentura" (featuring Tego Calderón & Zully Murillo)[19] Record of the Year Nominated
Eso Es Lo Que Hay[19] Album of the Year Nominated
Eso Es Lo Que Hay[20] Best Alternative Music Album Nominated
2014 "El Mar de Sus Ojos" (featuring Carlos Vives) Record of the Year Nominated
2015 "El Mismo" Best Tropical Fusion Album Won

Premios Nuestra Tierra[edit]

A Premio Nuestra Tierra is an accolade that recognizes outstanding achievement in the Colombian music industry. ChocQuibTown has been nominated six times and received four awards.[21]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2011 ChocQuibTown Best Artist of the Year Nominated
2011 "De Donde Vengo Yo" Best Urban Interpretation of the Year Won
2011 ChocQuibTown Best Urban Solo Artist or Group of the Year Won
2011 "De Donde Vengo Yo" Best Folk Interpretation of the Year Won
2014 Behind the Machine Album of the Year Nominated
2011 "Uh La La" Best Alternative Performance Won

Premios Shock (Colombia)[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2010 ChocQuibTown[22] Best Group of the Year Won
2010 Goyo (for Oro)[22] Voice of the Year Won
2011 ChocQuibTown[23] Artist of the Year Won

Premios Lo Nuestro (Americas)[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2011 "De Donde Vengo Yo"[24] Best Video Nominated
Preceded by
Mónica Giraldo
Colombian Artist for Best New Artist Latin Grammy
Succeeded by
Piso 21


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  2. ^ a b c Calle, Simón (21 July 2009). "The Nat Geo Music Interview: Choc Quib Town". Nat Geo Music. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
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  4. ^ "Tostao y Goyo ahora son marido y mujer". Territorio Chocoano (in Spanish). Quibdó, Colombia. 8 December 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Goyo, de Chocquibtown está embarazada". El Tiempo (in Spanish). Bogotá, Colombia. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
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  8. ^ "El Mismo de ChocQuibTown". iTunes Store COL. Apple. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
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  17. ^ "Chocquibtown no gana pero sí anima los Grammy anglo". El Espectador (in Spanish). Bogotá, Colombia. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
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  23. ^ "Los ganadores de los Premios Shock 2011" (in Spanish). 2 November 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
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