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- n. Plural form of vallenato.
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But there is something about the culture of the egregious and tasteless bus drivers, the smarmy hawkers of buses and the frenetic conductors, something about the incorrigible terminals and the harvesting of passengers along the road wherever they crop up, something about the people crowding in with mountainous bundles that corresponds to vallenatos and makes the whole thing fit.
When it was done they quit and it was vallenatos after that, all the way till 3 AM in the glorious bus terminal of Neiva.
I am not fond of vallenatos or the other squeaky, whiny, tediously repetitive and unimaginative local music with absolutely no held, long notes.
Valledupar was a hot, dusty city of cowboys and pickup trucks and bars blasting vallenatos, the same raucous accordion music that had kept me awake on a dozen all-night Colombian bus trips.
They kept to the promise and the night was spent singing (or for most of us listening) to vallenatos sung by the colombians, with an additional instrument percussion from the army who had turned up during rounds!
When you travel, you have to listen to what the driver wants to hear, and if you’re not on a bus with TV screens and a movie (they put on Fireproof, of all things, in one bus we took — award for most cliches included in any movie ever) you are probably going to listen to vallenatos.