Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Colombie: Nafer Durán, Roi Du Vallenato / Colombia: Nafer Durán, King of Vallenato

Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Colombie: Nafer Durán, Roi Du Vallenato / Colombia: Nafer Durán, King of Vallenato

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Colombie: Nafer Durán, Roi du Vallenato / Colombia: Nafer Durán, King of Vallenato. 2008. INEDIT / Maison des Cultures du Monde W 260136. Annotated by Lolita Acosta. 11 pp. (booklet) + 55 pp. (pdf file) of notes in French, English, and Spanish. French translation by Pierre Bois; English translation by Frank Kane. 3 colour, 4 b/w photographs (additional colour photographs, song lyrics, and 2 maps in pdf file). 1 compact disc, 13 tracks (61:41). Recorded live in concert, 17-18 April 2008.

This live album features Nafer Durán, acclaimed Colombian accordionist, singer, and prolific songwriter, performing as a guest of honour at a festival in France while on his first trip overseas. The liner notes portray Durán as a symbol of Colombian rural authenticity. Indeed, he comes from a long line of vallenato musicians and has seldom toured or recorded. In this recording, he plays in a traditional trio, featuring the accordion, caja (drum), and guaracha (scraper). Durán is a skilled accordionist, playing the syncopated dance rhythms and countermelodies while he and guaracha player Alváro "El Ñame" Mendoza sing. The recording quality is good, and the audience is inaudible in all but the last three tracks.

Lolita Acosta's extended liner notes present a detailed history of vallenato that begins with the arrival of Columbus and ends with a discussion of the role of cell phones and the Internet. …

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