Manuel Garcia-Orozco is a Latin GRAMMY® awarded, and GRAMMY® nominated music producer, composer, and ethnomusicologist from Colombia. Under his label, Chaco World Music, he has produced internationally acclaimed albums and collaborations with traditional artists, symphonic orchestras, and mainstream acts, including Petrona Martinez, Angelique Kidjo, Susana Baca, Carlos Vives, Magin Diaz, Aterciopelados, Monsieur Periné, Aymée Nuviola, Flor de Toloache, Celso Pina, the Colombian National Symphony, Xenia França, Joe Bataan, and many more. Garcia-Orozco is the recipient of the Colombian Ministry of Culture’s National Award for Music Research, The Latin GRAMMY® Foundation’s Music Research Grant, and the ASCAP Foundation’s Cy Coleman Award. As a composer/performer, he has been featured in Carnegie Hall, Cannes Film Festival, Lincoln Center, Blue Note, and major TV networks such as Sony Entertainment and MTV.
Garcia-Orozco is a Ph.D. Candidate in Ethnomusicology at Columbia University. His dissertation investigates bullerengue music as an aural practice, tradition, and social space through which cantadoras (Afro-descendant elderly women singers) construct and preserve knowledge, memory, and affect despite multiple oppressions in Caribbean Colombia. He has authored two books in Spanish and the digital educational platform Bullerengue.com. Garcia-Orozco has presented his research at the Society for Ethnomusicology and various universities in Colombia and the United States.