Rey Vallenato & Beto Jamaica
Alberto “Beto” Jamaica is one of the leading vallenato and cumbia players in Colombia. Since winning the prestigious Leyenda Vallenata Festival competition in 2006 he has become known as Rey Vallenato Colombia (“The Vallenato King”). His music is a vibrant mix of cumbia, paseo, porro all wrapped into his infectious accordion driven vallenato.
Vallenato is one of Colombia’s most popular folk musics. Native to Colombia’s Caribbean Coast it literally translates as “born in the valley”, the valley being the one found between Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and Serranía de Perijá.
Originally the music of herders who combined the tradition of Spanish juglares or minstrels with the griot tradition of West Africa, vallenato historically served a dual purpose. As they traveled from village to village the herders would entertain themselves by singing and playing guitars or the indigenous gaita flutes.
Beto and his band has performed in several renowned festivals as Rainforest World Music Festival Malaysia, Jarasum Jazz Festival Korea, Sunfest London Canada, River to River Festival New York, Sori Festival Korea, WOMAD Chile, Globalquerque USA among others.
Contact: Javier Mutis García
Tel: +57 3112362939
Tel USA: +1 9177459077