José Luis Martínez
When the Latin Grammy nominations had been announced in September, Colombia took the lead with the most nods for this year’s awards, which will be dispersed Nov. 18 in a black-tie ceremony at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Among all those nominees is Victoria Sur, a singer-songwriter whose latest album was nominated in the children’s audio category.
The album, Nanas Consentidoras – “Indulgent Lullabies” – was encouraged by Sur’s connection with her twins, Valentina and Sebastián, now age 9. It really is her sixth album, recorded with area musicians in Armenia, funds of the point out of Quindío, in the coronary heart of Colombia’s coffee state.
Minutes right before Sur was about to board a flight from her hometown to Bogotá, she acquired an unexpected information from a expensive close friend.
“I couldn’t believe, and I stated, ‘Are you really serious?,'” she recalls with emotion about that moment. “She claimed, ‘Yes, we are going to Las Vegas.’ She’s a single of the persons who inspired me to do this document, so I received incredibly fired up. The airplane took off, and I couldn’t converse to anybody. I cried all through the entire flight.
The album, Nanas Consentidoras – “Indulgent Lullabies” – was motivated by Sur’s relationship with her twins, Valentina and Sebastián, now age 9. It truly is her sixth album, recorded with neighborhood musicians in Armenia.
Victoria Sur commenced singing skillfully as a teenager throughout the ’90s, as aspect of a folks music duo identified as Sombra y Luz (“Shadow and Mild”). Their repertoire was targeted on Colombian Andean new music genres, this sort of as bambuco and pasillo. The duo gained a prestigious award at the yearly Mono Núñez Music Competition in 1994.
“We sang with each other for 10 a long time, touring in festivals across towns and cities in Colombia,” Sur claims. We’re talking at the Museo del Disco y la Música in Filandia, near Armenia. “We recorded four albums, and have been part of the soundtrack of the coffee bonanza in Colombia in the 1990s,” she provides.
She moved to Bogotá in the mid ’90s and started her profession as an independent singer-songwriter. Her 2004 debut album, Bambuco Acido, was acquired by Colombian critics and followers as a revelation. She included the rhythms she’d carried out as a teen into music with lyrics that resolved the social reality of Colombia. A single of the album’s tracks is called “Desplazados” (“Displaced”). The lyrics say:
Displaced in the street
with out faces and without having footprints
only with the gaze of absence.
The sky darkened, a rain of bullets began…
Additional not long ago, Sur composed audio to a poem by Colombia’s Carlos Castro Saavedra titled “Camino de la Patria” (“Highway of the Homeland”), and recorded it with Peru’s Susana Baca.
Sur moved again to Armenia four years ago. Nanas Consentidoras consists of the organic textures of her hometown, birds and crickets, and the emblematic seem of the coffee location: a 12-string instrument termed tiple, played by the younger master musician David Heincke.
José Luis Martínez
Sur begun doing the job on the lullabies in 2015, when her twins were a few a long time aged. Later on, the world wide pandemic served to provide her nearer to her children, nurturing a further connection.
“We started off to bear in mind several matters from the instant they had been born and the tracks began to emerge motivated by them. They would tell me very simple things,” Sur suggests. “When they have been toddlers, I preferred them to go to snooze peacefully, or to wake up in a sweet way. That’s how the lullaby to wake up or the lullaby to rest emerged: ‘sleep my boy, sleep my girl, rest my enjoy.'”
Jaime Andrés Monsalve, songs director of Radio Nacional de Colombia, has followed Victoria Sur’s vocation from the beginning. “Seeing her walk these trails that have to do with her maternity, to see herself as an artist and as a mother of Sebastián and Valentina, will allow us to see how daily everyday living is also a way to be impressed,” he says, “and how motherhood also offers a area for creativeness to assume about audio.” Monsalve notes that the Latin Grammy nomination comes at a important time for Sur’s career. He hopes that the recognition catapults her close to the globe.
Sur claims this is the most private album she’s ever made. “All I preferred was to leave an emotional, musical document of the marriage with my kids in the past 9 a long time: how a mom of twins relates to them by way of these songs,” she states. “How they motivated and invited me to do this album, from the factors they would explain to me.”
She suggests she already feels like a winner with her Latin Grammy nomination, and views the recognition as a reward to the independent audio scene in Colombia—a scene she’s been a section of for a lot more than 20 years.