Around the 50’s and 60’s saw the dawn of big band cumbia, working its way from the countryside of Colombia into the urban middle classes. With that came a less rural, more textured sound, which was usually accompanied by the clarinet (swapping the flauto de millo). This new form of cumbia, for the most part, would stay true to the original spirit of the rural Cumbia. However, the big band sound would present different melodic arrangement that was reflected in other popular genres outside of Colombia in that era (Mambo, Cha Cha, Ect).
I suspect that Rufo Garrido’s musical style took on a similar metamorphosis. The first two songs I put up sound almost like Los Corraleros in their big orchestrated sound. Whereas the last, Negra Chunga, stays true to the more minimal folkloric sound that preceded the big band era. Rufo Garrido records are hard to find. He seemed to have been a session performer for Discos Fuentes and shows up on a lot Fuentes compilations. The 45’s I have are 70’s reissues from Mexico and the last song is off an LP (sorry I didn’t put the image up – didn’t want to break from the “all 45” thing I got going). On a side note, about a year ago Rufo Garrido’s relative (his grandson I believe) wrote me asking if I could put up some of his songs. So this one is for you. Enjoy!