Carlos Vives Celebrates 30 Years of Musical Success
Colombian singer Carlos Vives recently celebrated 30 years of continuous success in the music industry with his band, La Provincia, at the Movistar Arena. In a two-hour show filled with excitement, Vives gave a concert that demonstrated his unwavering commitment to Vallenato music, a genre he has remained loyal to for the past three decades.
Throughout the concert, Vives played 18-20 songs that have kept him current and famous. The show also included short documentary videos featuring the testimonies of his colleagues worldwide, making it a true celebration of his musical journey.
A Trip Down Memory Lane
The concert began with “Pa’ Maite,” a song that hinted at a chronological course or at least a starting point for those three decades of success. Vives and his band also played classics, such as “La gota fría,” “Let me enter,” “She is my party,” and “Cañaguatera.”
Furthermore, Vives took time to introduce his band and talked about ecological damage in Colombia due to poorly built roads that have altered ecosystems and communities around them. He also discussed the beauty of Vallenato music and its origin, explaining how the genre has become popular worldwide thanks to artists like Los Wawancó and the Imperial Quartet.
The Magic of Vallenato Music
In this celebratory tour, Vives demonstrated a constant search for the DNA of traditional music. His contributions to mix Vallenato music with other universal languages have allowed him to perform with internationally acclaimed musicians like Alejandro Sanz, Sebastián Yatra, and Shakira.
The aerophonist and the three singers in the choir gave the music its characteristic color, while the rhythmic ensemble provided the right beats to create a train of unstoppable music.
A Celebration of Depth and Simplicity
Carlos Vives’ 30-year celebration of his musical journey showed that cheerful and direct songs can have depth and meaning. While the concert was not an exhibition of folk music, Vives proved that the genre could be updated, mixed, and popularized with other languages.
The final act of the concert saw Vives celebrate his success in a return trip to Colombia, where he performed songs like “Robarte un beso” and “When we meet again.” Thus, Vives’ concert became a nostalgic, yet powerful reminder of his past, present, and future in the music industry.