Apple Inc. launched its iTunes digital multimedia store yesterday in 16 Latin American countries—a move that industry analysts believe will curb music piracy in the region.

Over the course of my week in Cartagena, I have become more steeped in the language, culture and attitudes of Colombians.

Julia Salvi, a native of Colombia, recalls bringing her Italian husband Victor to Cartagena for the first time, around early 2005.

¿A cuántos aquí les gusta el tango? (Who here likes tango?) asked the emcee of last night’s concert.

A thick blanket of humidity hangs in the air, and the sunlight is blinding, even behind layers of fog. This is Cartagena de las Indias, a port city on Colombia’s northern Caribbean coast and the seat of the Festival Internacional de Música (International Music Festival).


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