The Vallenato Festival begins, this is the schedule of concerts and main events

In its 55th edition, the Vallenata Legend Festival will pay tribute to Jorge Oñate, who passed away in February 2021 PHOTO: Colprensa

Next Tuesday, April 26, is the inauguration of the 55th Festival of the Vallenata Legend in Valledupar, Cesar. This event comes after having been postponed due to the complications that there were to hold face-to-face events since the arrival of the covid-19 pandemic. In addition, it is a space where a tribute will be paid to the deceased artist, Jorge Oñate, for his career and contribution to Colombian folklore.

The festival that will last five days will bring together various artists that embrace the main genre and others such as reggaeton, so attendees will be able to enjoy some artists: Poncho Zuleta, Silvestre Dangond, Diego Daza, Churo Díaz, Beto Zabaleta, Iván Villazón, Jean Carlos Centeno, Elder Dayán, Wilfran Castillo, Rafa Pérez, Margarita Doria, Ana del Castillo, Natalia Curvelo, accordion players Javier Mata, ‘Coco’ Zuleta and Álvaro López, Peter Manjarrés, Hugo Carlos Granados, Paola Jara, Jessi Uribe and Manuel Turizo.

In this version as in the others, in addition to the exhibition of artists, contests, events for children and adults, among other things, will be held. For example, “On Tuesday, April 26, the contests will begin in the first round of Children’s and Minor Accordion in the son and puya airs; likewise, the first round will begin in Youth Accordion in the walk and merengue airs and the Amateur Accordion category in the same airs in Los Algarrobillos park”, the organizers pointed out. In addition, there will be a parade that is a tradition where children and young people participate that goes from the roundabout of the Musicians to the Loperena National School.

For your part On the 27th, the Second round of the Minor Accordion Children’s Accordion will be held in the Paseo, Merengue, Son and Puya airs, at the La Pedregosa Recreational Center, from 8:00 am.; Simultaneously, the first round of Youth Accordion will be held in the air, the one for amateur accordions and the one for older accordionists.

On April 28, it will be the semifinal of the minor and youth accordion contest. Elimination rounds will be held later and at 4:00 pm will start the parade of Piloneras Mayores in the Glorieta Los Músicos. To end the day at 6:00 pm, the Opening Ceremony will start at Plaza Alfonso López.

On the 29th the second round of the Mayor Accordion will take place from 8:00 am and the second round of the Rey de Reyes Canción Vallenata Unpublished contest will take place in Plaza Alfonso López and the second round of the Professional Accordion in the air. In addition, the Youth Accordion Semifinal will be held in the same air as an amateur accordion.

Finally On April 30, the Semifinal of the Mayor Accordion will be held in the air in Los Algarrobillos park from 8:00 am and the Semifinal of Unpublished Vallenata Song; and at 7:00 pm there will be the Grand Final of the Major Accordion Contest, Rey de Reyes Unpublished Vallenata Song. To close with a musical show in the Leyenda Vallenata park.

Prizes and requirements for the competing accordionists

For this year’s version, the award for this contest amounts to more than 400 million pesos, which will be divided into cash; musical instruments; audio technology equipment, and trophies, which will not only be awarded to the representatives of each category that completely exalt the traditional vallenato music, but also to the best voice of the musical encounter.

Regarding the requirements that must be met by the accordion players who participate in the competitions of the 55th edition of the Vallenata Legend Festival, the event reported that, both in the two rounds and in the semifinal, the participants will not be able to repeat any of the their performed songs. Likewise, professional accordionists they will have to perform at least one song recorded by Jorge Oñatein any of the four winds.

It is worth mentioning that the festival, which began in 1968, will have in this edition as its official song the production entitled ´La leyenda del cantor´, written by the composer, painter and vice-president of the Vallenato Legend Festival Foundation, Efraín ‘El Mono Quintero Molina.

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