VERNY VARELA Y SU ORQUESTA
Verny Varela is an arranger, composer, singer and flutist who holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia. He was born in Cali and grew up in the “Barrio Obrero” where he started singing and playing with his father’s band, “El Nuevo Son.” In 1996 in Cali and in Tulua he sang with Ismael Miranda, Adalberto Santiago and Pete “El Conde” Rodríguez , members of the Fania All Stars. In 1997 Verny was the lead singer in the Gabino Pampini Band. Later, he went on tour in Europe and in the U.S. with Tito Gomez. Verny wrote and sang for Thievery Corporation in the albums “The Richest man in Babylon” and “The Cosmic Game”. Also, he wrote and recorded on the Hip Hop CD “The 51st State.” In New York in 2002 Verny sang on the 40th Anniversary CD of the outstanding charanga band, Orquesta Broadway. In 2004 Verny released his album ” Amar de Nuevo” which got in the Latin Grammy list of the best tropical albums 2005. In 2007 Verny released his album “Gracias” which also got great reviews. “Gracias” is 100% original. The album has ten songs, eight of which were written by Verny and seven were arranged by him. Other arrangers are, Andrés Viafara on “Fuiste tú” and Ricardo Sabogal on “ Yo soy latino”. Jorge “Kini” Murillo composed “Fuiste tú . Erick Garland (Gringo Loco) translated the songs “ Pa’l mundo” and “Yo soy latino” into French, Japanese and English. Piero Spada did the Italian translation. “Pa’l mundo” is a salsa tune sung in five different languages (Spanish, Italian, English, French, Japanese). That makes “Pa’l mundo” a song that many in the world can enjoy by listening or dancing to.
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