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Benjamin Munevar

Born in COlombia South America. Grew up in El Centro a town 40 miles from Barrancabermeja. Grew up listenting to all the grooves from Colombia's north coast from Vallenato to Bullerengue, from Cumbia to Fandango, from Porro to Salsa. I fell in love with our afro-musical roots which is Barranca's local folclore.

Ever since I was a kid my favorite music was not colombian actually brazilian. I love Bossanova and used to play guitar duets with my brother Alejandro who is a guitar virtuoso.At age 10 I was a part of a trio call “the rockets” where we played pop music from the time. My Dad used to play Jazz records often at home, great ones like Dizzy Guillespie.

In 1975 we moved to the great city of Bogota were my love for Brazilian music grew stronger, I used to run and grab a cassette when I heard a Bossanova tune starting to play on the radio.

In 1976 my dad suprissed me for my birthday and got me a home organ popular at the time. My first organ teacher was a great performer blinded from birth his name was Arnoldo Uribe he had really good Jazz soloing chops and learned a lot from him. The first tune I ever learn in the organ was “girl from Ipanema”.

By 1977 my organ playing chops got decent enough playing Bosanova, popular clasics from the 70's that I began giving recitals at music stores like Wurlitzer, Conn organs and by 1979 Lowrey organs. maybe sombody from the time recalls I used to work at the first floor in Unicentro and besides instrument sales I was to atract the crowds and bring them in the store by playing popular music of the time such as Disco right at the front of the store.

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