It also gives you insight into the culture of the Costa Atlantica or Caribe. I think that it is a must for your collection.
You can also find excerpts of it, in English on You tube. Here is the link to Part #1.
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Here is his story, or should I say one of the variations of the story, for there are many. However, the gist of it is always the same -- Man Vs. Devil:
Apparently, on one of his trips, he was unable to find anyone willing to take his challenge. Frustrated, he left the city saying, "If no one will take the challenge, then perhaps I will have to find the Devil, so that he can take my challenge if HE is not afraid!"
In some versions of this story, Francisco's triumph is not based on his superior ability, but rather it is said that he played the Apostle's Creed in reverse, thus rendering the Devil helpless.
Either way, Francisco Moscote became Francisco El Hombre (the man). The legendary man who fought the Devil and won.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote about Francisco el Hombre in his master work, "One Hundred Years of Solitude." So, next time you read it, you'll know exactly who he was and the kind of music he played.
Rafael Escalona was born on May 27, 1927, in a small rural village in what is now the department of Cesar. He started writing songs at the age of 16, while in High School. His songs told stories, in a troubadour fashion. His first song was dedicated to his favorite teacher who was being transferred to another high school and was called "El Profe Casteneda".
By 1950, he was a well-known composer, drawing on the history and culture of the region to tell stories of love, life, friendship, pain, gossip, etc. Although he was a prolific songwriter, he did not play and instrument or sing.
In 1968, Escalona, along with former Colombian President Alfonso Lopez Michelsen, and Consuleo Araujo created the Vallenato festival mentioned yesterday (Festival de la Leyenda Vallenata) in Valledupar.
He was a good friend to Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who once told Escalona that his masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude, was just one long vallenato.
You can read more in English here:
Here is a website with pre-reading and discussion questions, as well as writing topics, so you can help your child get the most out of his/her summer reading.
During the 1600's, over 1 million African slaves were shipped to Caratgena. Below, you can read what Pedro Claver wrote about their arrival in Cartagena from his own experience:
"The ship has gone through the Fort of Pastelillo and port movement can be heard. Inside the galleon there is a murmur. Screams of fright, anxious looks. The slaves traders show their softest faces. Only one third of the merchandise has arrived: there is an interest of giving a good impression, 'Smile slaves, smile!' When these Negroes are enslaved, they are put in dirty prisons from where they only come out at the port of Cartagena. Sometimes in one year, 12 to 14 ships come to Cartagena with the repulsive shipment of sad and melancholic Negroes. They have the idea that once in Cartagena they will be killed. One third of the shipment usually dies during the long journey. The slave traders bring these slaves in bunches of six, necks and feet chained. They make the trip in the bottom of the ship where they never can see the sunlight, the place is so dirty that anyone could get sick with only getting in. They are fed every 24 hours, half a plate of corn meal or raw "mijo" and a small cup of water. They received bad words and chastisements. Because of this treatment, the slaves are like skeletons when they arrive. Then they are brought to, and kept in, a corral, or large patio, where many people go to see them, some only out of curiosity, others guided by their covetousness, and still there are some who come out for compassion: in this last group are the missionaries, they usually go running when the shipment arrives, but very often they find many dead".
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