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| 4/27/2009 12:00:00 AM

An Artist Explores the Sounds of Colombia and the Borders of Pop

Apr 27 -- Fonseca proclaims, “Long live the music of my country!” in “Gratitud,” the title track of his 2008 album, and he means it.

His country is Colombia, as affirmed by audience members waving flags and wearing Colombian straw hats at the packed Fillmore at Irving Plaza on Friday night, not to mention the Colombia tourism videos shown before and after his set. The music of his country that Fonseca stays grounded in is vallenato, the button-accordion-pumped style that arose on the Caribbean north coast.

Fonseca (whose full name is Juan Fernando Fonseca) won Latin Grammy awards for his 2005 album, “Corazón” (“Heart”), and its hit single “Te Mando Flores” (“I Send You Flowers”). He clearly has his eye on a wider audience. His New York concert was part of an extensive United States tour.
 
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