Colombia National Day: Concert Concha Bernal brings Colombian folklore to Jakarta to celebrate

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(photo: IO/Yoga Agusta)

IO, Jakarta – As part of the celebration of Colombia’s National Day and to promote Colombian culture to ally countries, the Colombian Embassy in Indonesia organized a concert featuring native folklore musician Concha Bernal. Her concert was held at the Usmar Ismail theatre, Kuningan, South Jakarta, on Thursday (18/07/2019). The event was attended by around 430 people, including Deputy Minister of Political Affairs, Law, Defense, and Security of Indonesia Slamet Sudarsono, members of the diplomatic corps in Indonesia, senior Indonesian government officials, as well as the general public.

The Republic of Colombia celebrates Independence Day every 20th of July. It declared its independence from Spain in 1810. Colombia, along with many other South Americans countries, began their struggle for independence back in the 1800s.

Colombian Ambassador to Indonesia H. E. Juan Camilo Valencio G. opened the event with an opening remark: “Remembering today, this is an important moment for the Colombian history, when Colombian’s patriots began their independence movement. It was the beginning of a long road of battles,” he said.

Juan also added that music is the language that can bring people around the world together, especially Indonesians and Colombians. “Tonight’s event is celebration of Colombian culture and talent. A culture that bring us close to overcoming all differences. We would like to celebrate together through the universal language of music.”

Concha Bernal is a singer-songwriter born in Santa Marta, a city on the Caribbean Sea in Northern Colombia. Concha’s lyrics and music reflect the traditional customs and practices of her homeland. Her performances are fun and colorful, combining vocals with the sound of instruments of Native Americans.

Concha and her group began their tour in Southeast Asia with a concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Colombia and Vietnam. The concert was held in The Youth Theater, Hanoi, Vietnam (02/07/2019). After Vietnam, they visited several other Asian countries prior to Indonesia, including Singapore, Philippines, China, UAE, and South Korea. (Rei)