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Part 5

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 24 June 2012

As part of the World Routes Academy, Lucy Duran travels to the Valledupar accordion festival and competition held in the north east of Colombia. Whilst there, she follows the progress of Academy protege Jose Hernando Arias Noguera who takes part in the amateur category of the event, and travels to the remote and dangerous Sierra Nevada mountain range to hear the music of the Kankuamos people. Plus she meets the President of Colombia who explains what business a head of state has opening a folk festival. Producer James Parkin. 1/2

Launched in 2010, the BBC Radio 3 World Routes Academy aims to support and inspire young UK-based world music artists by bringing them together with an internationally renowned artist in the same field belonging to the same tradition. This year the scheme explores the Colombian accordion folk tradition called vallenato through the eyes of self-taught, UK based accordionist José Hernando Arias Noguera.

Growing up in a Colombian household, José fell in love with vallenato, the popular folk style from the Caribbean coast of Colombia which he learned through watching internet clips and video cassettes his father brought back from Colombia. José plays in a number of Latin music bands in London and dreams of becoming an ambassador for Vallenato music in Europe. These 2 editions of the World Routes Academy see a dream come true for Jose Hernando who gets to take part in the famed "Legend of Vallenato" accordion festival which takes place once a year in the city of Valledupar. The programmes document Jose Hernando's progress as he competes in the amateur category of the competition. Making history, he becomes the first British-born Colombian to take part in the festival and becomes the first competitor to sing in English and Spanish.

Music Played

10 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Calixto Ochoa

    Calixto Ochoa Vallenato Festival Song

  • Image for Jose Hernando

    Jose Hernando La Puya Inglesa

    Composer: Egidio Cuadrado Performers: Jose Hernando, Eder Polo & Alfredo Rosaro

    BBC Recording, Valledupar, North

  • Image for Calixto Ochoa

    Calixto Ochoa Vallenato Festival Song

  • Image for Jose Hernando

    Jose Hernando El Lirio Rojo

    Composer: Calixto Ochoa Performers: Jose Hernando, Eder Polo & Alfredo Rosaro

    BBC Recording, Valledupar, North

  • Image for Los Alegres Kankuamos

    Los Alegres Kankuamos Los Sorteados

    Composer: Trad arr Los Alegres Kankuamos

    BBC Recording, Atanquez, North E

  • Image for Los Alegres Kankuamos

    Los Alegres Kankuamos Mujer ajena

    Composer: Trad arr Los Alegres Kankuamos

    BBC Recording, Atanquez, North E

  • Image for Bovea y sus Vallenatos

    Bovea y sus Vallenatos La casa en el aire

    Los Cantos Vallenatos de Escalona, Discos Fuentes, D16027

  • Image for Egidio Cuadrado

    Egidio Cuadrado Yo Tambien Puedo

    Composer: Egidio Cuadrado

    BBC Recording, Valledupar in Nor

  • Image for Jose Hernando

    Jose Hernando Alscia Adorada

    Composer: Juancho Polo Valencia Performers: Jose Hernando, Eder Polo & Alfredo Rosaro

    BBC Recording, Valledupar, North

  • Image for Jose Hernando

    Jose Hernando La Puya Inglesa

    Composer: Egidio Cuadrado Performers: Jose Hernando, Eder Polo & Alfredo Rosaro

    BBC Recording, Valledupar, North

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