Colombia’s Vallenato music band performs in Ha Noi

The Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organisations and the Colombian Embassy in Viet nam jointly organised a music exchange in Ha Noi on July 18 with the participation of visiting well-known Colombian accordion player Álvaro Meza and a Vallennato band.

Speaking at the event, Colombian Chargé d’affaires Camila Munoz Ucros said the exchange is part of activities to promote the land of Colombia abroad, aiming to help Vietnamese people get insight into Colombian culture and music, thus further boosting relations between the two nations.

At the exchange, young artists from the traditional instrument faculty of the Viet Nam National Academy of Music performed pieces of music by monochord (dan bau), zither (dan tam thap luc), and bamboo flute.

Meanwhile, the band and Álvaro Meza brought audiences with folk rhythms of Vallenato – a popular folk music of Colombia.

Both countries’ artists were also interested in learning about traditional instruments of each nation.

Vallennato is one of key pillars forming the cultural character of Colombia’s Caribbean region. It tells stories in remote villages, love and adventures. The music is peformed along with Europe’ guitar and accordion, Caja drum from Africa and Guacharaca – a percussion instrument of Colombian natives.

Álvaro Meza won the championships for mamateur accordion players in Vallenato festivals in 1981 and 1991. He was nominated as the King of Vallenato Kings in 2001.

As scheduled, he will perform a concert of Vallenato in Ha Noi in the evening on July 19.

They will present some of their famous songs, namely A Cold Sweat, Look at Me, The Brazilian Girl and Matildelina.

The performance will take place at the Công Nhân Theatre, 42 Tràng Tiền Street, Hà Nội

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