The Argentinean production company Error#170, which produces the documentary series “Musicians of Latin America” (“Músicos de Latinoamérica”) for the Argentinean Ministry of Education’s Canal Encuentro TV station, filmed two episodes in Bogota, Cartagena, Palenquito, Malagana, San Basilio de Palenque, Arjona, and San Cayetano. These episodes from the show’s third season will be broadcast in Argentina in October or November. This series travels across the Latin American continent to tell the stories of the musicians and composers who founded the most revolutionary musical movements of the twentieth century.
“When we decided to portray Latin America, we thought of Colombian landscapes. The cities we picked are colorful and in movement. Colombia offers thousands of variations for a shoot,” said Guido Tomio, director of the series.
Guided by host Fena Della Maggiora, this season’s viewers will be able to share the anecdotes and memories of Carlos Vives and Petrona Martinez. With their songs and styles of creating melodies, these two Colombians opened international markets to highly local and traditional rhythms from Colombia, becoming well-known figures around the world.
Their interviews are also supported by testimonials from people who have been very close to the musicians. For Vives, these include: Sergio Cabrera, director of the “Escalona” television series; Carlos Valencia, the Chocquicbtown rapper better known as “Tostao;” Egidio Cuadrado, accordionist; and Juan Carlos Urango, historian of Vallenato music. For Petrona, testimonials are presented from: Stanley Montero, his musical director; Guillermo Valencia, drummer; Joselina Llerena Martínes, his daughter and heir; and Orito Cantora, a young man from Barranquilla who has been influenced by Petrona.
In previous episodes, “Musicians of Latin America” has presented perspectives on the world, the cities, and the streets of musicians such as Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil (Brazil); Silvio Rodríguez (Cuba); Armando Manzanero (Mexico); and Rubén Blades (Panama). All of these musicians are part of the culture, beauty and flavor of our continent.