Carlos Vives

Canta los Clásicos del Vallenato

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This 2002 collection compiles performances from the 1990s Colombian TV series, ESCALONA, in which actor/singer Carlos Vives portrayed Vallenato composer Rafael Escalona. Vives's deft, emotive vocals perfectly complement this engaging Caribbean-influenced folk sound, as revealed on the lively, accordion-driven "El Testamento" and the relatively subdued "La Historia." Since this was the role that cemented Vives's stardom, it is an essential pick-up for his adoring fans.

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