This weekend, BBC Radio 3 announced the 2012 World Routes Academy apprentice – José Hernando.
Hernando is a 19-year-old UK-based accordionist born to Colombian parents. He first developed a love of vallenato – the folk music style of Colombia’s Caribbean coast – from cassettes his father brought back to the UK and online music clips. He has since formed the Revolucion Vallenata, a multicultural vallenato band, and played with various vallenato and cumbia outfits.
That’s when the BBC Radio 3 World Routes Academy came calling. Founded in 2010, the academy turned to Indian music in 2011, when Karnatic vocal star Aruna Sairam mentored veena player Hari Sivanesan. 2012 sees this rare opportunity awarded to Hernando, as he gets the opportunity to spend six months working with Colombian master accordionist Egidio Cuadrado.