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Carlos Vives


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Before he graduated from Jorge Tadeo Lozano’s University with a publicist degree, singer/songwriter Carlos Vives joined different bands and participated in several plays. In 1982, the artist got a role in the Colombian TV series Tiempo Sin Huella, starting his successful acting career, later extending his professional skills to the Puerto Rican television.

After participating in some teen programs as a singer/actor, he got the main role in the telenovela (soap opera) “Gallito Ramírez,” which made him a famous actor. Later, another telenovela, “Escalona” made him return to his “costeño” roots (he was born in Santa Marta, the same town of the famous soccer player “El Pibe” Valderrama, located in the north coast of Colombia) and mainly to sing classic vallenato songs of one of the most prestigious vallenato composers, Rafael Escalona. The soundtrack of “Escalona” quickly became a major hit in radio and CD sales and allowed vallenato to conquest other colombian cities outside the “costa” (north coast) that hadn´t previously accepted it.

After forming a band called La Provincia, the singer and guitarist began performing a local style known as Vallenato, successfully touring his native country, Colombia, and South America.


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