The Miami Herald | 3/4/2010 12:00:00 AM
Musical magic from Colombia
March 4--You won't find music more intimately connected to its people and its country than vallenato, the irresistible accordion-powered folk music of Colombia's Magdalena River valley featured in the Miami Film Festival movie The Accordion Kings.
Spanish-speaking pop-music fans worldwide know of vallenato through Carlos Vives, whose pop-rock version made him a star in the mid-1990s. Vives figures prominently in The Accordion Kings, which aims to introduce the magical world of vallenato to English-speaking audiences.
The film focuses on the ``King of Kings'' competition, which every 10 years brings together the accordion ``kings'' -- winners of the annual competition in Valledupar in the heart of vallenato country -- in a legendary contest.
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