LISANDRO MEZA (born in 1939) is one of Colombia's most talented all-around musical giants still going strong today. Equally adept at playing musical instruments as he is at composition and singing, Meza has recorded just about every type of Colombian genre as well as his own decidedly Colombian versions of salsa, Afrobeat, funk and disco. After traveling to Venezuela, Panama, Mexico and the US as a member of Los Corraleros de Majagual in the mid to late 60s on several tours, Meza decided to change his own group's sound by creating a big band in order to play some of the non-Colombian genres he encountered along the way, especially the Cuban-based dance music being played by the young generation of New York Latin musicians referred to (in Venezuela and later New York) at the time as "salsa". Presented in facsimile artwork and pressed on 180g vinyl.
Equally adept at playing musical instruments (accordion, piano, guitar, bass, gaita) as he is at composition and singing, he's arguably most famous for his cumbia and vallenato recordings of the 70s, 80s and 90s. He is one of a handful of Colombian musicians whose work is universally revered in South and Central America; he has done so much to promote his region's coastal music that he's seen as a cultural ambassador by his fellow countrymen, affectionately referred to as "El macho de America".
LISANDRO MEZA played an important role in the evolution of cumbia, the traditional big band dance music of Colombia. A master of vallenato sabanero, an accordion-driven style of music, Meza forged a sound that has been described as "a cross between rural Dominican merengue, Louisiana zydeco, and Tex-Mex norteño. Meza has continued to influence the music of Colombia and Latin America. More than 400 musical production recorded with more than 50 Gold recordings and several radio hits include the drinking songs, "El Guayabo de la Ye (The Hangover of yesterday) "La Botella Picomoche" (The Big-Mouthed Bottle). miseria humana, entre rejas, las tapas, el jornalero, baracunatana, el siete, la cumbia del amor, cumbia de los locos, cumbia mexicana, among many more.