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Land of winds > Performers > Composers and performers | Issue 06. Jul.-Aug.2011
By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

Cantalicio Rojas

Cantalicio Rojas Gonzalez was born to a humble family in the present-day department of Huila in 1897. Since childhood he became very interested in folkloric song and learnt to play the guitar, the tiple and the bandola. After finishing his military service, he settled down in Natagaima (Tolima department), where he spent a great part of his life working in his profession as a hairdresser and developing his passion for music with the town band.
Rojas began his career as composer in 1938 with the sanjuanero “El Contrabandista”, his most famous work and one of the most recognizable pieces of this department. He wrote some 60 pieces of music including bambucos (“Ojo al toro”), cañas (“Mi despedida”, “Sara María”), torbellinos and guabinas, and received several recognitions before dying in 1974. Today, the people of Tolima remember him as their most prolific and creative author.

Cantalicio Rojas González, in Wikipedia [es].
Memoria de Cantalicio Rojas González (Cantalicio Rojas Gonzalez Memoir), in “Luis Ángel Arango” Digital Library [es].
Cantalicio Rojas’ biography [es].

Video 01. “El contrabandista”, by Garzón y Collazos.
Video 02. “Alegría tolimense”, by Los Tolimenses.
Video 03. “Caña nº 1”, by Dueto Viejo Tolima.
Video 04. “Lamento indígena”, by Garzón y Collazos.
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