Carlos Vives and Ryan Castro pay tribute to Calixto Ochoa with ‘Los Sabanales 3.0’

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For many Colombians, Carlos Vives It has become one of his greatest musical prides. And the artist has always been in charge of carrying the flag of his country to all the territory he steps on to show off his roots and traditional sounds.

This is something that we were able to experience firsthand at the Puerta de Alcalá in Madrid at the beginning of October, where Carlos became the main protagonist of a unique concert to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Day 2023 before more than 100,000 people. In fact, He was accompanied on stage by his compatriot Ryan Castrowith whom he sang Los Sabanales 3.0a clear tribute to the anthem of Calixto Ochoa.

Well then. Now the song has officially arrived on digital platforms, and thanks to this we have been able to appreciate the interesting fusion of styles with which they delight us. The song, produced by Carlos Vives, Andrés Leal and SOG (Ryan Castro’s producer) brings the original sounds with current touches. That is to say, We are facing a bet that proposes a contemporary version of a Colombian classic.

This release comes to celebrate Carlos Vives’ 30 years in music. Three decades in which he has shown that he is an international reference and that his intention is to continue delighting us with his talent. In fact, Los Sabanales 3.0 will be included in Classics of La Provincia (Remastered & Expanded)a new version of Vives’ album that was released in 1993.

“It became a very good habit for me to work with the new generations, to do things with the new artists, that they want to connect with Colombianness, that they want to connect with me and that they understand that in ours there is a lot of rhythm and a lot of life for all the sounds that they have… It is important that the new generations are connected with the traditions of Colombian music, because there is great value for them, in the music of the old composers that we are celebrating with the 30 years of Carlos Vives and The Province”explains Vives.

Carlos Vives and Ryan Castro present ‘Los Sabanales 3.0’

In turn, Ryan adds: “I feel very happy, I never imagined it… Obviously, for everything that Carlos has done for Latinos, for Colombian music, I know that my people, my mother, my aunts, are going to feel very proud when See this, The Sabanalessuch an iconic song… Since Carlos is such a respected person and he trusts in my talent for me to join this, it really is a great opportunity to enjoy it…”.

Los Sabanales 3.0 arrives with a video clip produced by Mestiza Films and directed by Carlos Felipe Montoya and Sergio I. Rodríguez. In it, they delight us with a minimalist atmosphere that presents this modern and contemporary touch of the song. While Carlos and Ryan interpret the song on camera, images of the concept of Colombianness between the rural and the urban appear.

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