New release: Esther Forero & Bimbi y su Trio Oriental / Porros Favoritos (1986)
In 1952, Esther Forero and Bimbi y su Trio Oriental joined forces in NYC to record 78rpm singles for Ansonia. These recordings were available only on 78s for decades, a rare find, until Ansonia re-released them along with a few Bimbi singles in this 1986 LP compilation.
Esther Forero is a Colombian icon who popularized coastal Colombian rhythms across the globe. She also pushed to reestablish the Carnival festival in her city, Barranquilla in the 70s. The Carnival is now known as La Guacherna, and features nightly musical parades. Her championing of coastal Colombian music is why she remains "La Novia de Barranquilla" (Barranquilla's Darling) to this day.
Now, 35 years later, Forero's porros are made available on all digital streaming platforms.