Colombia has more than 85 autochthonous musical rhythms [see Dance]. Due to its diverse influences, Colombia hosts a great variety of rhythms that fuse indigenous, Spanish and African traditions. Vallenato is one of the most representative musical genres of the country; born from a symbiosis between slaves, troubadours, percussion, guacharacas and accordions. Another example of music born in Colombia’s Caribbean coast is the Champeta, a popular rhythm that became a social phenomenon.
In 2012, UNESCO declared marimba music and traditional chants from the Colombian South Pacific as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.
Colombia also has great musicians and performers of rhythms like salsa and pop.