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Yeison Landero

About this Artist

Yeison Landero was born in San Jacinto (Bolívar); that is to say, in the very heart of the mountains of María of our Colombian Caribbean.
He carries in his soul a cumbiambero heart inherited from his grandfather Andrés Landero: a musician recognized as the king of cumbia nationally and internationally.

Not only did he inherited his grandfather’s love for cumbia and the accordion, but also the talent to interpret melodies. At the age of 7, Yeison became the most appreciated disciple of his grandfather Andrés learning all the emotions and humility behind the montemariano musician.

He grew up in an environment surrounded by music, dances and serenades. In his early years, his home was visited by great musicians who entertained at parties with their incomparable talents. Artists of the stature of Alfredo Gutiérrez, Lizandro Meza, Calixto Ochoa, Enríquez Díaz, the composer and singer Adolfo Pacheco Anillo, the legendary pipers of San Jacinto, Abel Antonio Villa, and an innumerable bunch of sabanero folklore figures with whom Yeison nurtured his traditional style.

His first group was created by Andrés Landero himself. Presented next to the king of cumbia, Yeison Landero and his sister were introduced as "Los nietos de Andrés Landero", performing cumbia at festivals, patriotic celebrations, concerts, regional fairs, and toured nationally.

Yeison later went on to study music at Bellas Artes, and concluded his law degree at the University of Cartagena. But his love for his ancestral accordion and his passion for cumbia were so great that he decides to turn them into the motor of his life captivating the hearts of all cumbiamberos. He then decides to release his first album called “Landero Vive”, as a posthumous tribute to his grandfather's immortal legacy.

In this record he includes several of the hits with which the Sanjacintero musican played around the world. Equally including unpublished songs such as "Noche de cumbia", "La época de oro", and "Manojo de vela", in which Yeison embodies the living heritage of his grandfather, transporting audiences to his childhood’s backyard where he used to braid his colorful melodies.

Since then, Yeison Landero's accordion has not stopped playing, taking cumbia to various stages nationally and internationally, and representing Colombia with its unique sabanero sound. Places like the Kennedy Center in New York and the Lincoln Theater in Washington where, with the help of Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto, he has shared the culture of his hometown. From Canada to Chile, passing through the United States and several cities in Mexico. From Europe to Africa, passing through London, Madrid, Vienna, Morocco and landing in Cairo. The list is long, but Yaison countiues to spread the joy of cumbia with his accordian.

In 2019, Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto invited him to participate in recording the album "El último Cacique". Album that in 2020 was nominated for the Latin Grammy Award for "best folk album", and where Yeison captures one of his compositions: "Campesino cimarrón", in which he extols the work of the farm worker. That same year, he obtained another Grammy nomination in the "Cumbia-vallenata" category for his collaboration on the song "Llora mi acordion" by the musical group "Los Cumbia Stars" from Medellín.

In 2021, he shares the stage with Carlos Vives at the launch of the book "Cumbiana". During the concert, Yeison Landero takes a musical journey through the history of the musicians that have been part of the birth and evolution of Colombian cumbia.

Subsequently, he pays a posthumous tribute to one of the greatest exponents of cumbia in Mexico, Celso Piña, with a live version of the song "La pava congona" of the late artist.