This is the story behind the controversial song with which Carlos Vives criticized García Márquez

This is the story behind the controversial song with which Carlos Vives criticized García Márquez
This is the story behind the controversial song with which Carlos Vives criticized García Márquez

05:31 PM

In the last few hours, a video caused a stir in which Carlos Vives is seen performing a song against the famous Colombian writer and Nobel Prize winner in Literature. Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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In the video, which was recorded at the home of fellow singer Silvestre Dangond, in Valledupar, Vives performs a cappella a song that reproaches the deceased writer for “forgetting” the land where he was born.”

We must let the writer García Márquez know well that the land where he is born is what he should love, and not do as he did.that his people abandoned and are letting the house where he was born fall,” says one of the fragments of the song.

“The writer García Márquez has been given two awards and has not been able to remember Aracataca, his town (…),” he continues.

Although many believed that these were lyrics written or even improvised by Vives, the singer was interpreting “Aracataca waits”, composed by the guajiro Armando Zabaleta.

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According to the university professor and Ph.D. in Latin American history, Orlando Deavila Pertuz, Zabaleta composed the song in the early 70s and took advantage of the trust with “Gabo” to make this criticism.

“In 1972, Gabo received the Rómulo Gallegos International Novel Prize and donated the prize, about $25,000, to the newly founded Movement for Socialism (MAS) of Venezuela. Zabaleta criticized his decision, saying in his song: “One, the land where one is born is the one one should love.””explained Deavila Pertuz.

The academic assured that although at first “Gabo” was bothered by the song, Finally he smoothed things over with Zabaleta and it is said that the latter even interpreted it in the middle of a party.

The almost 4-minute video circulates on social networks, in which Zabaleta performs “Aracatacaespera”, which caused criticism for Carlos Vives in the last few hours.

The truth is that after several years, the song resurfaced, and several people debate García Márquez’s contributions to his homeland.

While some argue that With his literature he made Colombia known to the world, Others, like the lyrics of the song, criticize what they consider a forgetfulness of their homeland.

 
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