With a truly heartfelt rendition of his home country’s national music, Jorge Celedón takes the stage on the 12th edition of the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival. Suave rhythms, swaying accordions and the soothing voice of Celedón will send you on a sweet trip into the folk music of Colombia.
Born and raised in the birth region of vallenato music, Colombian Jorge Celedón grew familiar with the sweeping rhythm of the guacharaca from a young age. His uncle, renown vallenato singer Daniel Celedón, invited an only 7 years young ‘Jorgito’ to let his voice be heard on the track ‘Drama Provinciano’. The song became a Colombian anthem, and Celedón’s musical career was ignited.
After years of performing on local folk festivals, Celedón rose to fame throughout Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico with the group Binomio de Oro de América. In 2001, Celedón joined forces with accordionist Jimmy Zambrano, which resulted in 13 years of successful collaboration, including a Latin Grammy win for the album ‘Son… Para El Mundo’. His musical ambassadorship was proven, when in 2007 he was invited to perform in front of the US president at the White House, to celebrate the Colombian Independence Day. In 2014, Celedón hauled in his second Latin Grammy for the album ‘Celedón Sin Fronteras’.
Although vallenato music officially originated in Colombia’s Caribbean region, the sound of the accordion was actually discovered and added on our very own island of Aruba and the isle of Curaçao. This September we welcome you, to come and experience the heart of vallenato with Jorge Celedón.