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by Martin Elias
Martin Elias (1990 to 2017) was a Colombian 'vallenato' singer/songwriter. Martin Elias Diaz Acosta was born on June 18th 1990 in Valledupar, Cesar, Colombia. The son of the singer and composer Diomedes Diaz, he himself would go on to be a 'vallenato' singer, widely considered a pioneer in the 'new wave' of 'vallenato' music and with his own unique fanbase who called themselves the "Martinistas". At the age of 6, his father had put him on stage to sing during his many concerts, but the young child really aspired to become a professional footballer. As a youngster, he studied at the Colegio Ateneo El Rosario in Valledupar, and while there was invited by his uncle Elber to form part of the musical group called 'La Familia di Diomedes', along with some of his other relatives. Elias recorded with them from that point up until 2004, making many popular songs including 'Amor Inocente', 'Si me Quieres yo También' and 'Solo tu mi Dios'. However, wishing to emulate his father more as a soloist, in 2004 he left the group, and joined in a duo with the accordionist Fernando Rangel, touring with him to such cities as Valledupar, Bogota, Santa Marta and Barranquilla. They also appeared in the Colombian Caribbean region, as well as at the 38th Festival de la Leyenda Vallenata in his hometown. In 2007 however, he switched to partnering another accordionist, Roland Ochoa, after having performed on one of his studio albums. As a duo, they released their own album "Una Nueva Historia", which included one of Elias' own songs, "No Pienses lo Malo". They also performed in more than 20 concerts together, but eventually split when Ochoa was offered a new partnership with the singer Silvestre Dangond. In 2011, Elias joined the group 'Juancho De la Espriella', led by the accordionist of the same name. With them, he recorded the long-players "El Boom del Momento" and "La Historia Continua" (the latter forming a tribute to his father Diomedes, a past collaborator with De la Espriella, and which was released in 2014). After leaving the group in late 2014 due to "internal differences", Elias returned to pair up with Ochoa once more, and in mid-2015 they combined to put on the musical production "Imparables". He won the Congos de Oro award at the Festival de Orquestas del Carnaval de Barranquilla in 2014, and was also a well-known music entrepreneur, quite apart from his activities in the field of performance. While travelling in his vehicle from Covenas towards Santa Marta on the morning of April 14th 2017, Martin Elias swerved to avoid a motorcycle, and died from a chest trauma in the ensuing crash near Tolu. He was just 26.
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Posted: 26th May 2017
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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