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For the 2012 World Routes Academy, Lucy Duran follows the progress of accordionist Jose Hernando Arias Noguera as he competes in a folk music contest in North East Colombia.

As part of the 2012 World Routes Academy, Lucy Duran follows the progress of young protégé and accordionist Jose Hernando Arias Noguera as he competes in a folk music contest in North East Colombia. In last week's programme he reached the quarter-finals, but will he go further? There's also the specially-recorded music of the Arhuaco people, one of Colombia's indigenous groups who live high in the remote and dangerous Sierra Nevada mountain range. Producer James Parkin. 2/2

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.

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Music Played

  • Hermanos Carrillo

    El Cantor de fonseca

    Composer: Carlos Huertas

    • BBC Recording made in Valledupar.
    • 28th April 2012.
  • Hermanos Carrillo

    Ausencia Sentimental

    Composer: Rafael Manjarres

    • BBC Recording made in Valledupar.
    • 28th April 2012.
  • Jose Hernando, Eder Polo & Alfredo Rosaro

    La Puya Inglesa

    Composer: Egidio Cuadrado

    • BBC Recording made in Valledupar.
    • 28th April 2012.
  • Hermanos Carrillo

    Matilde Lina

    Composer: Leandro Diaz

    • BBC Recording made in Valledupar.
    • 28th April 2012.
  • Colacho Mendoza & Ivo Diaz

    La diosa coronada

    • 100 anos de Vallenato.
    • MTM.
    • 018051-2.
  • Alejo Duran

    Pedazo de Acordeon

    • El Rey Negro Vallenato Alejo Duran.
    • Fuentes.
    • D10070.
  • Zarikungumu Mestre

    La Lluvia (The Rain)

    Composer: Trad

    • BBC Recording made in Pinchi.
    • 23rd April 2012.
  • Zarikungumu, Esturugumu, and Jwiku

    El Gavilan (Bird of Prey)

    Composer: Trad

    • BBC Recording made in Pinchi.
    • 23rd April 2012.
  • Zarikungumu

    La Danza del Diablo (Dance of the Devil)

    Composer: Trad

    • BBC Recording made in Pinchi.
    • 23rd April 2012.
  • Jose Hernando, Eder Polo & Alfredo Rosaro

    Alscia Adorada

    Composer: Junacho Polo Valencia

    • BBC Recording made in Valledupar.
    • 28th April 2012.
  • Choc Quib Town

    Somos Pacifico

    • Somos Pacifico.
    • Polen Records.
    • n/a.
  • Choc Quib Town

    San Antonio

    • Neo Tropical.
    • MTM.
    • 017001-2.
  • Fernando Rangel and his band

    Title unknown

    • BBC Recording made in Valledupar.
    • 30th April 2012.
  • Fernando Rangel and his band

    Title unknown

    • BBC Recording made in Valledupar.
    • 30th April 2012.

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