Biography of Cholo Valderrama
Orlando ""Cholo"" Valderrama is one of the most outstanding Llanero singers of Colombia. With a successful singing, composing career spanning 25 years, and with 17 albums to his credit, he is a recognized performer of Llanero folklore music.
When he was still a baby, his parents were transferred to the Eastern Llanos region of Colombia. There, Cholo passed his childhood learning the workings of the llaneros farmers. As he grew older, Cholo developed a great fondness for horses that grew with the passage of the time and still exists today.
His first approaches to music were at the dances or parties of the neighborhood, a common practice for the people of llaneras land. But nothing was so far from their goals as to become singers and to dedicate themselves to music, because the love of music and experiences in the tasks of the field filled their lives completely.
Nevertheless, it was a good day when Cholo made the decision to sign up for a copleros competition . He didn't know that at that moment his life would change radically. In the years ahead, he continued gaining performing skills and acquired the name of Cholo. Valderrama had begun being recognized by the llaneros singers.
Cholo's first record, which was produced in 1978, was a success because of the song Quitarresuellos no. 2. This song, to the satisfaction of the artist, is still is in the market and continues to be requested by his fans.
After this recording, Cholo Valderrama became one of the preferred singers of the demanding, loving fans of llanera music. In addition, his born talent as composer was covering the region between the performer and educated people of llanero folklore. They began asking for songs written by this important singer. At the same time, he perfected his musical style with advanced studies of vocal technique at Westminster Choir College of Princeton (New Jersey).
Cholo Valderrama has crossed the world as an ambassador of llanera music with its Creole style. On several occasions, he has visited countries like China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, England, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and, of course, Venezuela, llanera region par excellence. Venezuela recognized the talent of this Colombian artist and awarded him the ""Florentino de Oro"" Honoris Causae.
In Columbia, a deserved tribute to Cholo was being chosen to participate in television special called ""Maestros"" that extolled and praised the works of the best exponents of Colombian folklore.
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