Medellín Book Festival: these are the works that are not only read but heard

The most important event of literature in the mountain capital goes until September 18
The most important event of literature in the mountain capital goes until September 18

The thirteenth edition of the Medellin Book and Culture Festival continues its course. As is customary in this event, music represents a very important component for its realization, including a series of presentations by national artists and some from the guest country, Portugal.

Presentations of projects and singers such as Beatriz Felicio, Rumos Ensemble, Yoav Eshed, Bicha, Las Áñez, Feralucia, Goli, Dabeiba Música, Yimalá, Mayra Cárdenas, El Trinar De La Montaña and EYM Trio, among others, offer attendees a very eclectic that includes folklore, electronica, jazz, pop and hip hop. Added to this are the talks aimed at the music-loving public, such as the workshop ‘CDS vs. Vinyls, learn and take care of your musical treasures’, scheduled to take place next Thursday, September 15 at 11:00 am in the Salón La Piloto.

Of course, there are also several major book releases that have music as their main focus. For this reason, Infobae Colombia recommends three books that approach it from different perspectives: from the industry that has been produced around it, from the sound identity accumulated in the history of Colombia, and a biography of one of the national artists with the greatest projection to international level throughout history.

Diego Londoño – Where Songs Are Born

Where Songs Are Born (Editorial Planeta)
Where Songs Are Born (Editorial Planeta)

Diego Londoño is a music journalist and music lover with extensive knowledge of everything related to Colombian music in all its aspects and styles, who premieres two publications at the Book Festival. The first is a collection of profiles that includes sixty artists carefully selected by the author, including figures of the caliber of Joe Arroyo, Noel Petro, Petrona Martínez, Lucho Bermúdez, Patricia Teherán, Juanes, Carlos Vives, Elkin Ramírez, Andrea Echeverri, United Alterados, Edson Velandia, Alcolirykoz, Puerto Candelaria, Chocquibtown or El Sayayín, among others.

Through its pages, it takes the reader through a variety of rhythms, performers, genres, ways of conceiving music from composition and recording so different that they make up a sound identity as exciting as it is unpredictable and full of swings that represent, in turn, , multiple ways of living and understanding Colombia.

‘Donde Nacen Las Canciones’ is a release that is not only read, but also heard in the literal sense. The reason? includes a series of QR codes with which the reader accesses a series of playlists created and curated exclusively by the author to set the tone for this sound journey through Colombia.

Diego Londono – Juanes

Juanes (Editorial Aguilar)
Juanes (Editorial Aguilar)

50 years after the birth of Juanes, Londoño publishes a biography in which he addresses the life and career of the Colombian singer-songwriter from his beginnings in Ekhymosis, through his successful career as a soloist that has allowed him to sell more than 20 million records worldwide. world, the difficulties he experienced during his first years in the United States, the ups and downs of his professional relationship with Fernán Martínez (singer’s manager for many years), events in his personal life and, in general, all the baggage accumulated by the man from Antioquia during half a century where he became an icon of Colombian culture as much admired as questioned.

Santiago Arango – The era of hypermusic: pitfalls, benefits and challenges

The Age of Hypermusic (Editorial Books HagalaU)
The Age of Hypermusic (Editorial Books HagalaU)

Published in 2021, this essay revolves around two fundamental questions: Is the digital model of music functional for all musical projects? and Is there a ‘tyranny of the digital’? Based on these two issues, Arango analyzes the current state of the creation, dissemination and management of music, equally weighing its advantages and disadvantages.

The book also addresses the challenges that streaming platforms provide for artists who seek to dedicate themselves to music from a business perspective, but also from the implications it has on artistic creation as such, especially in regard to the Latin American context. .

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