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Inspiration Behind Colombia's Música Vallenata [Behind The Scenes Documentary]
Música vallenata, music from a small valley region of northeastern Colombia enjoys international popularity. Yet, the lives of many of its finest living practitioners are rooted firmly in their regional way of life, performing a repertoire of landmark compositions, delivered in their own signature style. Here, Ivo Díaz's prodigious voice interprets his father Leandro's famous paseo. Blind composer Leandro Díaz wrote this piece when he fell in love with a woman named Matilde Lina, who sat next to him on a town plaza bench one Sunday. Leandro commented that the love faded, but the song stayed. This video was filmed during recording sessions with Smithsonian Folkways in Valledupar, Cesar, Colombia for '¡Ayombe!: The Heart of Colombia's Música Vallenata.' '¡Ayombe! The Heart of Colombia's Música Vallenata' is available on CD and digital. Stream/download/purchase: Smithsonian Folkways: Spotify: In the words of GRAMMY®-winning popular singer/actor Carlos Vives, "Colombia is one of those great musical quarries of the Americas, as have been the American South, the Antilles, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina." Since the late 20th century, the music of the vallenatos- people of a small valley region of the Caribbean coast- "has best portrayed the true way of being and feeling of the Colombian people." ¡Ayombe! The Heart of Colombia’s Música Vallenata, features two dozen seasoned vallenato performers spanning three generations, playing polished renditions of the music they know best-paseos, merengues, sones, and puyas. Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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