Miguel Eduardo Osorio Castellanos is a colombian singer-songwriter and performing artist, showman, entertainer, actor and musician in one person. His work has it’s origin in the afro-colombian dance music called Vallenato.
He begins to sing at the age of 5 years and because his love for the “Vallenato” he teached himself to play accordeon at the age of 15. In 1981 he forms his first group, exploring the Vallenata music and other different rithms from Colombia and the Caribbean like Cumbia, Chandé, Porro, Salsa and Merengue.
Between 1985 and 1990 he accomplished professional studies in social communication and journalism before starting his performance for theater and television. On the base of this academic formation he begins to make successful jobs in the television media (like scriptwriter and actor), music and cinema, where he made possible the combination of his talents and preparation.
By 1991 he begun to work in the television of its country as an actor and Miguel became wellknown in Colombia because of his work (actor and musician) in tele-novelas (soap-series), such as Candela (1995), Guajira (Simón Bolivar Award 1996), Alejo (1999), Pedro el Escamoso (2001), and films like “Te busco” (2002).
In 2002 he decided to move to Europe (Holland), where he becomed a true ambassador of the Colombian culture, specially of the Caribbean music with his band “ La Parranda”.
During the past 5 years, between 2002 and 2007, he has performed more than 150 concerts in important scenes, theaters and festivals of Europe, in countries like Belgium, Holland, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy and Norway, after leaving his track of Caribbean joy in countries like Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela, Panama and the United States of America.
LA PARRANDA: VALLENATO-CUMBIA AND MORE
The name Vallenato comes from the city Valledupar, but the Vallenata music has its roots in a zone of the Colombian Caribbean coast called La Provincia, with dissimilar landscapes as the sea, a mountainous chain peaky snow-covered, rivers and the desert of Guajira.
In this majestic scene at the end of 19th century, instruments from Europe (accordion), Africa (Caja, small percussion) and natives instruments like Guacharaca (a wooden rasp) and pitos (flutes) were mixed.
Vallenata music is happy but simultaneously melancholic and very emotional. It expresses in one tune a mix of feelings with an exceptional energy and vitality. In the 4 rithms: “paseo, merengue, son and puya” of the Vallenata music you can find a happy shout to make you dance or a deep and elaborated poetry to move your heart.
With the passage of time and due to the forced contact with the world of “global village”, different intruments like the guitar, electric-bass, keyboards, congas and drums start to be used in the Vallenata music. Also some percussion instruments (tambora, tambor alegre, and gaita-flute) of other Colombian rithms like Chandé, Mapalé and Cumbia.
The Cumbia has in its spirit the life of the (african)slaves that were brought to Latin-America to work for the Spanish people. The music is more dramatic and simple.The dance is like two feet chained together (like the slaves were). The Cumbia is together with Chalupa and Mapalé part of the traditional music and dance genre of Colombia. The Cumbia even has the status of being the national music and dance of Colombia. One song, “La Pollera Colorá” is known as the second National Anthem.
The Cumbia also have had it..s influence on the Salsa. Colombia is one of the generators in the Latin-American music and the Cumbia and Vallenato have a single category in the prestigious Latin Grammy Awards.
Miguel Osorio y La Parranda in Tropen Teather Amsterdam. Vallenato, Cumbia, Chandé. The best image of Colombia in Europe.