Latin America had a new song rage last week and a dance to go with it. The song was Santa Marta; the dance, the Porro Colombiano. Both seemed likely to follow the rumba and the congaand other Latin American song hitsnorth.
Santa Marta is a catchy invocation of the Colombian banana port of that name (pop. 40,000), where the great Simon Bolivar died in 1830. The song's words call attention to an interesting feature of the town:
Santa Marta has a train, Santa Marta has a train,
But Santa Marta has no streetcar.