Latin Grammy nominee Petrona Martinez is one of the most beloved artists of Colombia. Her name is frequently associated with her iconic legendary nickname of "Queen Of Bullerengue". Petrona was born in a small town called San Cayetano in january 27 1939. Daughter of a prolific musical family she is heir to a rich history of traditional singing and dancing called bullerengue.
Petrona Martinez passed most of her life singing and dancing unanimously until she was accidentally discovered by filmmaker Liseth Lemos who was producing a documentary about bullerengue in the late 1990s. The documentary was broadcasted on national TV in France and soon after that Petrona recorded her first international album "Le Bullerengue" (1998) for the Ocora France label. Soon, Petrona started to tour the world and has not stopped since then. A couple of critically acclaimed albums were released later, such as Bonito Que Canta(2002), which was nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards as Best Folk Album and Mi Tambolero (2003). Traditional roots music from Colombia became better known through out the country because of Petrona success.
On 2010 Petrona releases her brand new album "Las Penas Alegres" with some special guest such as Martina Camargo and Carlos Vives band-mates Egidio Cuadrado and Mayte Montero. The album was produced by Colombian Producer and Composer Manuel Andres Garcia aka Chaco for Chaco World Music in Association with The Mayte Montero Foundation. On September 8 2010 The Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences nominated Las Penas Alegres for Best Folk Album at the Latin Grammy Awards.