Every year after Christmas, the city of Cali, in Colombia, dresses up as a fair.
The Woman Post | ALEXANDRA DOMINGUEZ
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This festival which takes place annually end of december, has become widely known outside the national territory thanks to the quality of the events, the artistic content, and the different stages arranged throughout the city, which makes Renowned artists from other countries arrive to make their presentations in the well-known “world capital of salsa”.
Within the framework of the festivities, the role of women in Cali culture has been and continues to be indisputable.
Throughout local and regional history, we find great female characters who have set trends and remain alive in the collective memory despite time, such is the case of Jovita Becerra Feijoó, an emblematic queen of sympathy and charisma, her popularity was such to be worth a statue on the fifth street.
The city is a breeding ground for talent that is woven around that musical style that has made it famous, for which there are innumerable salsa schools, which each year delight locals and foreigners with their dance shows, a show where grace and the movement of the dancers makes the difference, likewise, the way of dancing of the people of Cali has given rise to a style recognized in international competitions and called "Cali Style".
In the journey through the musical history of the territory, it is worth noting Leonor González Mina, better known as "La negra grande de Colombia", who within her extensive artistic career was part of the Delia Zapata Ballet that saw her starring in various stages of Europe during the last century. In addition to becoming a benchmark for Afro-descendant music and culture in Colombia, she was immortalized as the first Afro-descendant woman to star on the cover of a record, it is her first record work "canto de mi Tierra y de mi Raza".
The city's musical tradition means that since the 70s there are many local orchestras, some of them internationally famous, but even there, the participation of women has been notorious.
Looking at the 1990s, we find the first all-female groups, such as Son de azúcar, Canela, and D'caché, who earned respect and recognition not only from male orchestras but also with their talent. but from the general public. Currently, some women's orchestras have disappeared and other new ones have seen the light of the stage.
The last appointment in chronological order that will stage only female protagonists, will be held this December 29 and 30 at the Los Cristales open-air theater within the framework of Edition No. 65 of the Cali Fair, a waste of professionalism, talent, lights, and spectacle, in which more than 30 artists will be exhibited, demonstrating once again that women can venture into all areas that are proposed