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EL ACORDEON DEL DIABLO Documental, Colombia. (Francisco Rada Batista el Hombre – Pacho Rada)

Posted in AFRO LATINOS, Afro Sounds, Colombia, Colombia Music, Colombian Music Icon, Cumbias, documentary, video archives on January 11, 2010 by Listen Recovery


Francisco Rada Batista “PACHO RADA”

Was born on May 11th 1907 in Las Mulas, on the great Magdalena river. European ships from have travelled along the river since the mid-19th century and this is where Pacho’s father bought an accordion from German sailors, becoming one of Columbia’s first accordionists.
At a party in a village nearby, young Pacho picked up his father’s accordion while no-one was looking. After trying out a few notes he produced a recognisable rendition of the melody of “La Chencha”, a tune still familiar today. His father embraced him joyfully and a few days later he was given his first accordion.
Pacho Rada was one of the first troubadours to travel around the country playing unaccompanied, with just his voice and the accordion, bearing news and making music wherever someone had something to celebrate. He dreamt up hundreds of new songs on his travels, many of which have become classics.
He is known as the man who invented “son”, one of the four Vallenato rhythms. However, Pacho was already too old by the time that musicians could get rich playing Vallenato music, when it became popular outside the province due to the marihuana boom in the seventies. At the age of 72 he became homeless once again.
His children helped him to put up a simple house on the outskirts of Santa Maria, where he still lives.
Pacho Rada has 422 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Women loved the young musician, but their parents despised him.

Pacho “Who would have wanted a penniless son-in-law, especially if he travelled around like a vagabond and spent his days enjoying music, rum and women. But they couldn’t do a thing about it. Who can stop a woman in love?”

Manuel Rada is Pacho Rada’s youngest son.

He travels around the country just like his father used to, together with his cousin, Rafael Valencia, living on whatever he can earn here and there for performing. There are no records of his music, he doesn’t appear on television but plays at parties and other festive occasions or throws an ad-hoc concert in his neighbourhood when the mood takes him.
While the means of transport that carry him may have changed since Pacho Rada’s day, Manuel has remained true to his father’s music. He plays traditional Vallenato music, with the European accordion accompanied only by the Indian guacharaca and the African caja drum. He composes original songs narrating episodes from his life.

Alfredo de Jesús Gutiérrez

Was born on April 17th 1944 in Paloquemao, Sucre. His work as a song-writer and composer gave a boost to the position of folk music in his country. He ranks among the country’s greatest musicians, thrice crowned Vallenato King, having won the competition and been voted best accordionist at the Vallenato festival held every year in Valledupar.
It was Alfredo Gutiérrez who first won international renown for his country’s music in the eighties. In the sixties he set up the legendary group “Los Corraleros de Majagual” with Calixto Ochoa and Daniel Montes, creating an international big band sound by adding electrical guitar, bass and a wind section to the traditional instruments. Over the decades Alfredo Gutiérrez honed and perfected the big band concept and has performed with his well-rehearsed team in the USA and Europe, as well as throughout Latin America.

RICH SPIRIT: Travels photos from his COLOMBIAN TRIP 2009. (La Virginia, Santa Cecilia, Ita, El Aye, Quibdo & Bahia Solano)

Posted in Colombia, Listen Recovery, photography, Traveling Colombia on December 19, 2009 by Listen Recovery

La Virginia

Santa Cecilia

Santa Cecilia



El Aye

El Aye

El Aye



Rich Spirit: Bahia Solano

Bahia Solano, North of Colombia.

Atnimas, Colombia. “Brief Stop” (madrugada)


Posted in Colombia, Listen Recovery, photography, Traveling Colombia on December 18, 2009 by Listen Recovery

Sixto Silgado “Paito” Legendary Gaitero, Bogota.

RICH SPIRIT: Travels photos from his COLOMBIAN TRIP 2009. (BOGOTA)

Posted in Colombia, Listen Recovery, photography, Traveling Colombia on December 17, 2009 by Listen Recovery

Rich Spirit: “words from Colombia, Cartagena”

Posted in Colombia, Traveling Colombia on December 10, 2009 by Listen Recovery

In Cartagena is hard to Dig..

But Mapale and Buyerengue are alive…

Out to Palenquito

(AfroColombian) con Petrona Martinez…

Rich Spirit

Colombia, Cities & Map.

Posted in Colombia, Maps, South America on December 7, 2009 by Listen Recovery

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RICH SPIRIT Travels to COLOMBIA (Chocò, Santa Cecilia, Quibdo, La Virginia, Bahia Solano & Yuto) photos by Rich Spirit PART 2

Posted in Colombia, Listen Recovery, photography, Traveling Colombia on December 7, 2009 by Listen Recovery

Part 1 (Colombian trip Rich Spirit) Photos link