Monday, 10 January 2011

Festival Francisco el Hombre: 18-20 March Riohacha, Guajira (Colombia)

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Colombia's "Festival Francisco el Hombre" of Riohacha will take place between March 28th. and 20th., with a competition to celebrate some of the best contemporary vallenato musicians.


The festival is organized by the Guajira Culture Foundation and the competition, which is in its second year, will only admit twelve contesting groups and will take place in the Caribbean town of Riohacha, La Guajira.


There is also a myth in Colombia where he was involved in a musical contest with Satan "El Diablo" and beat him with the rhythm of accordion and his voice. This is how he received the nickname "El Hombre" (The Man), which is how most Colombians know him - Francisco El Hombre. This myth also shows Colombia's strong Christian roots that have been integrated into everyday culture.

His full name is Francisco Antonio Moscote. Francisco El Hombre is rumored to have gone around town to town in Colombia spreading news through the art of song. Not only did he sing the news, but he did it to the rhythm of an accordion that he always played whilst singing. This is how the genre of Vallenato in Colombia came to be. The exact era of his appearances is not known but it is rumored to have started around the late 1870s and early 1880s.

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