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Carlos Talez carries Venezuela on his drum

According to Carlos Talez, percussionist, producer, arranger, singer and researcher, born in the town of Palmarito, on the shores of Lake Maracaibo from the Meridian side, the presence of Venezuelan music abroad is increasing, and that has brought an enormous benefit to musicians residing abroad due to the high volume of demand that has been registered.

“For Europe that music is new, and if you add to that the strength and spontaneity of the Afro-Venezuelan sound, a perfect combination is produced. On the other hand, the migration of compatriots present, for example, in Spain, eager to listen to and dance to their music, has been favorable for all of us.”

Talez, with 35 years of artistic career, many of which he has dedicated to musical research, focused on percussion of Afro origin, which in his homeland has enormous importance thanks to the black presence with its sound of chimbangueles and gaitas drum player, has lived in Spain for more than two decades, where he has continued his career. 

He is currently working on the proposal to promote Afro-Venezuelan music mixed with flamenco styles, creatively combining Spanish rhythms in particular and European rhythms in general. This fusion resulted in the show Raíces, a montage of Afro-Venezuelan dance, percussion and singing, brought to traditional rhythms that premiered last year with great acceptance and this year returns to the Hispanic Heritage Festival organized by the Madrid City Council.

“More than researching, I continue to support our cultists in every town that is possible, because they are the ones responsible and custodians of our traditions. Don't forget that I am not a folklorist or purist, what I do is recreate our Venezuelan music, especially Afro-Venezuelan music with all this knowledge that I have acquired and continue to acquire every time I am in my beloved Venezuela. I care about taking the time to go to a certain town to verify what I learned one day, which has allowed me to make these musical fusions.”

Courtesy Dayon Moiz

Between laughter and nostalgia, the former member of such notable groups as Huracán de Fuego and Tazajo Tamboo, refers to his musical references: Francisco Pacheco; Makuaya; One, Two, Three and Out; Mina Group; Gurrufío; Latin Dimension; Naty and his Orchestra; and Wood. As for the music of the Caribbean, he alludes to Maelo, Héctor Lavoe, the son of Cuba, the Puerto Rican bomb. “We must keep in mind that we have the joy of being where we are, geographically, and we have been a funnel that collects what comes from the north and the south. That's why we are so versatile: we listen to everything, we dance to everything and we sing to everything.” 

In June he was passing through the country, and took advantage of the series of popular festivals to once again bathe in self-love with our traditions. At the same time, we had the opportunity to learn about the process we are experiencing thanks to the Viva Venezuela World Festival.

“It has been a positive boost for our traditions, and I hope that it does not stay here, but that it can be exported, that we can do a Viva Venezuela in Madrid, Germany, wherever; “Let Afro-Venezuelan music sound everywhere.” 

Courtesy Dayon Moiz

In La Vega and Filven

He returns to the country in a few days, within the framework of his world tour, Melodies, songs and traditions with which he has been able to reach Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, and the United States. From the 9th to the 18th of this month he will be giving a master class, workshops and conversations, along with his presentation on Thursday the 11th in Plaza del Cultor, in La Vega, at 6:00 pm.  

It will also be present in activities framed in the Venezuela International Book Fair (Filven 2024). She will return to the country at the end of the year for a special event: the celebration of 35 years of artistic life that will take place at the Teresa Carreño Theater.

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