1 September

Carlos Vives

Colombian singer, songwriter, and actor Carlos Vives found his fame as a star of Colombian and Puerto Rican telenovelas. Although he released three ballad albums, he gained his musical fame after he landed the TV role of vallenato composer Rafael Escalona. He sang the composer’s songs in the series and the two soundtrack albums brought him national success. After that, Vives’ musical career went from strength to strength. In 2001, his album Déjame Entrar won him his first Grammy for Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album. Mixing traditional vallenato with rock elements, Vives keeps on putting out successful albums. He tours regularly and also used his experience and expertise as a coach on the Colombian version of The Voice. In 2017, he released his 15th studio album, Vives, which included the hit single La Bicicleta, featuring Shakira.  

Michel Camilo Trio

Pianist and composer Michel Camilo, considered by many as an ambassador of latin jazz, has been around for quite some time. He stems from a musical family where he first took up the accordion, but later became more interested in his grandfather's piano. He wrote his first song when he was just five. When Camilo turned 25, he moved from the Dominican Republic to New York, where his interest in jazz was further spurred on. In the 1980s, he became a commercial success and at the same time was praised by jazz critics for his virtuoso piano playing. Concerts in prestigious venues soon followed and in 2003 he received a Grammy Award for his album Live At The Blue Note. Camilo is a true musical jack-off-all-trades; he can work wonders with a big band, during his solo piano recitals as well as with his trio, which he will bring to Curaçao.