Minister of Culture, Juan David Correa, defended García Márquez for Vallenata song against him revived by Carlos Vives and Silvestre Dangond

Minister of Culture, Juan David Correa, defended García Márquez for Vallenata song against him revived by Carlos Vives and Silvestre Dangond
Minister of Culture, Juan David Correa, defended García Márquez for Vallenata song against him revived by Carlos Vives and Silvestre Dangond

The Minister of Culture, Juan David Correa, defended the writer, Gabriel García Márquez.

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The controversy over the song against Gabriel García Márquez, which Carlos Vives and Silvestre Dangond revived in a party, escalated to the Minister of Culture, Juan David Correa, who gave statements on this issue that has been the subject of debate on social networks , where some agree and others against the premise of the theme, which indicates that the writer “abandoned his people.”

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Minister Correa came out in defense of the Cataquero writer. “García Márquez had no obligation to Colombia, apart from being born here,” he responded in an interview conducted this Tuesday, May 14, on RCN Radio’s Radio Red, where he described the criticism received against Gabo as “chauvinist,” because The belief has been established that, because you are born in the country, you have a duty to assist it.

He also assured that García Márquez did more for his native land, Aracataca (Magdalena) than any native of that land has done in his life, since he highlighted the “novels, stories and journalistic chronicles that have populated the entire world in some way. various languages… If that is not enough, then our idea of ​​what we should be in the face of reality is absolutely wrong,” he said on the station.

The song in question is “Aracataca te awaits”, composed by the vallenato musician Armando Zabaleta and published in the voice of Jorge Oñate and the accordion of Los Hermanos López in 1974. It is worth mentioning that on social networks they confused the authorship of the song, which is by the composer Zabaleta known for his protest songs, and was awarded to Vives and Dangond, who simply revived it 50 years later in a party during the recent Vallenato Festival.

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