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Gabrielle Hamilton

Remembering Eugenio Ortega: Colombian Vallenato Master

December 10, 2009
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Eugenio Ortega October 14, 1932 – December 10, 2009 Master musician and founding director of Los Macondos, Eugenio Ortega, died in Colombia on December 10, 2009. Born in 1932, Ortega was a pioneer of Colombian vallenato music here in New York for many years and a cultural ambassador of traditional Colombian music throughout the United […]

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Martin Vejarano: Healing Wounds through Music

April 1, 2008
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Perhaps it is because of his mixed heritage of Afro-Colombian, criolloand Indigenous blood, that gaitamusic speaks to the passions of Colombian artist and teacher Martin Vejarano. Martin sees the beginning of a renaissance in Colombian culture where “culture cuts through violence and discrimination and unites people” and gaita music provides the much needed healing. And it’s no wonder, considering gaitamusic […]

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