The story of Totó La Momposina is truly the story of modern Colombia. It has also become a celebration of Totó's professional career, which will soon reach a landmark 60 years -- six decades dedicated to preserving, researching and developing an ancestral tradition, the identity of a people, passed down through the generations.
Singer, dancer and teacher, Totó La Momposina's entire life has been dedicated to representing the music of Colombia's Caribbean coastline, where African, Indigenous Indian and Spanish cultures mingle to create a unique musical tradition.
What Evora is to Cape Verde, Toto La Momposina is to Colombia. The styles couldn't be further apart. I remember Evora performing, stopping mid-song to light a cigarette and sit on a chair, smoking and gazing out into the crowd, a drink of brandy or rum in her hand, a queen and rightfully so. La Momposina is a firecracker. She runs out to stage a cappella and stops the hearts of everyone. Her musicians appear, she weaves between them, half hyper child, half humble diva, fully engaging. Everyone in the room sits dumbstruck, enamored, in love with woman and music. La Momposina invites all the aspects of her country -- good, bad, otherwise -- and makes a party of them, not without knowledge, not without understanding. She sees it all; she just chooses to dance in spite of tragedy, a beautiful message to people of all places and times
...This is the legendary Toto La Momposina's home turf, the land and people who inspired her to carry the musical torch of five generations of ancestors, and develop their traditions, pursuing her passionate love for Colombia's long neglected and disdained Afro-indigenous music with dogged determination in her native land, in Europe, and now worldwide...
(All About Jazz)
...We have to hand it to Colombia: Some of the most popular Latin singers today hail from the South American nation, including pop/rock superstars Juanes and Shakira, Its most emblematic artist is the legendary Afro-Caribbean singer and dancer Totó La Momposina
(The Black Urban Times)