Anibal Velasquez

Anibal Velasquez
Anibal Velasquez


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  • Anibal Velasquez (Accordion)
  • Chelito Velasquez (Lead vocal)


Master accordionist Anibal Velasquez's remarkable career spans more than six decades during which time he has made more than 300 albums. Born in 1936 to a musical family in the port-city of Barranquilla, he made his first recordings in 1952, scoring an immediate hit with a track called "La Gallina". He went on to become an in-demand session player before forming a band with his two brothers in 1960, whose experimental incorporations of regional styles and Cuban influences made them a dominant force in the Musica Tropical movement. But by the 1970s, the drug cartels and related violence forced Anibal to move to Caracas where he continued his prolific output for 18 years. Now back in Barranquilla he's enjoying his rightful status as one of the few living legends of Colombia's glorious musical past.

USA-Canada Summer Tour 2016.