Colombian vallenato music became popular thanks to the successful career of one of its greatest ambassadors of all time: Carlos Vives.
There’s not a better way to celebrate Vives’ birthday today (Aug. 7) than with the music icon himself remembering his best career moments during an interview with Billboard.
Check out the “La Bicicleta” singer name his top five best career moments below:
Winning a Grammy
Vives won his first Grammy in 2002 in the category best traditional tropical album for Déjame Entrar and earned his second award 13 years later (2015) when Más Corazón Profundo won as best tropical album.
First TV opportunity
His first appearance as a main character on a soap opera was in 1982 on Tiempo Sin Huella.
Being the lead role on a TV series called Escalona
“When I did this lead role, of a vallenato composer, I discovered my return to my land, the land of forgetfulness, my identity.”
The formation of his band, La Provincia, was vital to his career; they are the ones who give the folk touch to his songs.
His Return to Music
After eight years without releasing new music, Vives received a call from Sony Music to plan his triumphant return with Corazón Profundo in 2014.
See the full interview below: