Carlos Vives Gifts Guitar to Smithsonian

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Carlos Vives performs onstage during the Latin Grammy Acoustic Sessions Mexico City 2016 at Casa Del Lago Chapultepec on Sept. 28, 2016 in Mexico City.

Colombian superstar donates handcrafted instrument to museum’s Latino music collection.

Riding a double win at the Latin Grammys for song and record of the year for his Shakira collab “La Bicicleta,” Carlos Vives will donate one of his guitars to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

The guitar, made by Colombian luthier Leonardo Fabio Torres and airbrushed with the image of a native Colombian Arhuaco man, the guitar will join the museum’s growing Latino Music collection alongside Tito Puente’s timbales, Mongo Santamaria’s drums and Celia Cruz’s wigs and shoes.

“The National Museum of American History seeks to tell the stories of our nation, which include an understanding of our music,” Stacey Kluck, a curator in the museum’s Division of Culture and the Arts, said in a statement. “Central to this understanding are the contributions of Latinos to American music, and as such, we are committed to researching and acquiring new collections to help us better tell our stories.”

The Colombian superstar, known for his unique fusion of pop and tropical rhythms, will hand the guitar off at a ceremony tonight (Nov. 22) at the home of Colombian Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzón in Washington, D.C.

 


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