Iaki Vallejo Single Launch with Lamine Sonko and Mohamed Camara
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About the Event
Iaki Vallejo launches her new single “India soy, negra soy” with a seven piece ensemble, special guest Malamine Sonko and an opener from superb kora player Mohamed Camara.
Iaki reaches back through Colombian influences from Indigenous, Colonial and slave sources for a new contemporary sound.
Born in Colombia and a bit of a globetrotter, singer and composer Iaki Vallejo has truly understood what human differences can mean. She now brings a message of unity and peace through her music and lyrics. Mixing Afro-Colombian traditions with jazz, soul, salsa, afro-beat, funk, neo-soul and reggae, her compositions and arrangements are a living example of differences coming together to enrich one another and create something beautiful. “I love the world’s cultural richness”, she insists, “because it enriches my music and my life”. Her powerful, intense and warm voice earned her “Best Voice of Melbourne” award in 2009 and her message of unity and integration honoured her with the International Federation of Peace’s 2016 “Peace Award”.
Next month she will be releasing the first single of her latest studio album “India soy, negra soy” an ode to the confluence of native American and black African cultures that came together in the Americas during the time of the Spanish colonies. In Iaki’s own words: “It’s my own story. I am the result of this fusion. My own ancestors were black on one side and indigenous on the other. I am proud to carry this mixture in my veins. It enriches me.” In true Vallejo fashion, she has assembled an all-star 7-piece band behind her, with musicians born in 6 different countries and very special cameo appearances by Senegal-born Lamine Sonko, lead singer of the African Intelligence and Guinea-born, master Kora player Mohamed Camara.
Singing since the age of 12, she has travelled the world, composing, performing and studying with luminary figures such as Sharmi Russel, Cosimo Ciccone and Arturo Valiante. In Australia since 2008, she released her first album which included two tracks produced by master drummer David Jones, who also laid down their drum tracks. One of them - “Aronde” is a traditional Colombian bullerengue revisited and freshly arranged with a funky, universal and contemporary approach, a prime example of her commitment to allowing cultures to flow and influence one another.
Her second album, scheduled for a slow release over the next few months, was a work of patience and love that took over a year to complete. It contains 7 original songs, all written by Iaki Vallejo, in styles as diverse as soul, funk, ballad, currulao, jazz, reggae and salsa. It was recorded in Colombia, produced by Colombian musical genius Daniel Gutierrez (Manteca Blue). The artwork for the album is also Iaki’s, highlighting her multidisciplinary artistic talents.