Fonseca, the man from Bogotá who thought “I can't mess with the accordion, nor with the vallenato”, has been representing folklore for two decades

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In dialogue with Infobae Colombia for the launch of his book 'Fonseca, songs, stories and 20 years of memories', the artist narrated some details of the creation of the text and its beginnings in music


María Paula González

Fonseca, the man from Bogotá who thought “I cant mess with the accordion or the vallenato”, has spent two decades representing the folklore

I don't have a single day in my mind that I haven't thought about music”, thus begins the story with which < b>Juan Fernando Fonsecainvites his followers to remember and discover with him, 20 years of career. It was in 2002 when the man from Bogotá presented himself to the world with his first professional album called 'Fonseca' and since then, two decades of successes have confirmed that music was his path.

To commemorate these two decades of work, FonsecaHe decided to reveal to his followers aspects that he has not previously shared with those who listen to his songs. These are the personal stories that have inspired some of the most successful songs of his career, such as 'Te mando flores', 'Prometo' or 'Paradiso'.

In the middle of a conversation with Infobae Colombia, the Colombian singer-songwriter revealed some details of the creation of this book called 'Fonseca. Songs, stories and 20 years of memories ’, the reasons why he now decides to show the public a new, much more intimate facet of Fonseca they have known for years.

The Bogotano revealed that, although other artists have turned to documentaries or series to tell their story, he decided to stay on paper, the same as for these years it became the first space in which the lyrics of his compositions were born, because “it seemed like a very nice way to be able to sit down, remember, thank and understand again where everything I have built in my career comes from< /b>. It seemed important to me that a document remain with my words.”

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In his story and the process of remembering, Fonseca< /b>revealed that he not only focused on the awards and achievements of his career, but also on those 'no' he received and those stories that few know about his childhood and the first presentation he gave before an audience at the age of five. “We decided to do it through my life because that allowed me to tell my career and my life going in and out of one story to another.”

With his music, the 43-year-old singer has managed to position himself as one of the great representatives of Latin music, especially of national rhythms and folklore, something that few would think a Bogota native could do. In fact, Fonseca himself grew up passionate about rock, a fan of the sounds of bands like Guns and Roses, Nirvana and >Metallica, so he thought that his thing was not going to be to enter Colombian sounds.

“I remember that at first it was a taboo, I thought 'I can't mess with the accordion, I can't mess with the vallenato because I'm from Bogota'. I can't forget the day I got home and my mom had the CD of 'Clásicos de la Provincia ', when I heard it it made me feel that sound much closer. Because of Carlos Vives and other things, I felt that folklore was something I could sing and even compose,” he told this medium.

However, his first professional approach to music was via Nash, the rock band he formed in his youth. And although fate had prepared another path for him, Fonseca points out that rock is still very present in what he does, not only in his clothes -black day after day-, “of course it is, I think that when I listen to Metallica, Guns n' Roses or Nirvana, I can identify certain things in my music at the level of construction of the songs that surely only I understand there, but there is always that influence”.

Fonseca, the man from Bogotá who thought “I cant mess with the accordion, nor with the vallenato”, has spent two decades representing the folklore


“What I did was select the most important songs and collaborations in a chronological way and thus address the personal, the familiar. It was told in a very special way, I feel very proud. It is a sincere book, from the depths of who I am and it is a kind book, with all my heart”, highlighted Fonseca.

As he narrates in the first phase of his book, the Bogotá singer assured that if it were not 20 years of musical career, he would still be celebrating two decades working in music. “No doubt he would be involved in some music, surely as a composer, producer, etc. I've been singing for as long as I can remember, but from the day I wrote my first song I realized that I could create, that changed my life”.

In addition, his narration is a way to also learn who is behind Juan Fernando Fonseca, among them his parents, his wife Juliana –muse of the song 'Te mando flores ' and many others– and her daughter, as well as colleagues such as Juanes, Andrés Cepeda, among others. “Everyone is very excited, the reactions of family and friends have been very nice. I showed them to them when it was ready, Juliana was the only one who saw it before,” she said.

“A good song is one that moves me, It is from this that I transmit and what inspires me in the end is life, what I see, what I feel, what I understand, I land all of this in songs”.

< p class="paragraph">To finish, Fonseca made a special mention of his song 'Te mando flores', which also occupies a special part of his book, “it was the song that gave me know and not only in Colombia, but internationally, and it is a song that still continues to bring me glories. I tell the story in detail in the book, but basically it's a story with my wife, at that time she lived in Spain and I was in a reality show, far from reality, and that's where the song was born. . But it has several stories within the same story.”