Jorge Oñate

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Jorge Oñate
Birth name Jorge Oñate
Also known as El Jilguero de America
El Ruiseñor del Cesar
Born (1949-03-31) March 31, 1949 (age 65)
Origin Los Robles La Paz, Cesar,  Colombia
Genres Vallenato, Latin
Years active 1968 - present
Labels Sony Music
Website www.jorgeonate.com

Jorge Oñate born March 31, 1949 in the town of Los Robles La Paz, near the city of Valledupar in northern Colombia, is one of the most renown singers and composers of the vallenato musical genre. As of 2004 and since the beginning of his career in 1968 he has achieved 25 gold discs, 7 platinum discs and 6 double platinum for his sales, among other numerous musical accomplishments.[1] He has also successfully inccured in politics as councilman of his hometown, deputy of the Department of Cesar and second in line of congressman Alfredo Cuello Dávila who he replaced in many occasions. Despite these he never abandoned his artistic career.[2]

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

Oñate grew up in the small town of La Paz 15 minutes away from Valledupar where he studied until graduating from high school, he was known for having a great aptitud for singing vallenatos. He was also a football player and loved the game, during his childhood he had the opportunity to play with many people that later became professional players.[1]

Singing career[edit]

1960s[edit]

In 1968 after High School, Oñate gets hired by a local vallenato group called "Los Guatapuri" as the lead singer and officially starting his career as vallenato singer. The group released an album titled Festival Vallenato recording the songs; Campesina Vallenata, El hijo de mi ahijada, Sombra Vengadora, Marina, El diablo de San Diego, Lavandera, La negrita de ají, Advertencia, Luisa Fernanda, Canto optimista, María Eugenia and Fabiola.

In 1969, Oñate teams up with the already locally famous Hermanos Lopez vallenato group once again as lead singer releasing the album Lo Último en Vallenatos! with the songs; Berta Caldera, Recuerdos, Diciembre Alegre, Vámonos Compañera, Secreto Raro, Gallo Viejo, Mis Viejos, Siniestro de Ovejas, La Paz, Me Quisiste y Me Olvidaste, Ligia and Mi Morenita.

1970s[edit]

In 1970 Oñate releases his second album with the Hermanos Lopez titled Diosa Divina with the songs; Diosa divina,Dina López, Triste Recuerdo, Porque Eres Así, Sueño Vallenato, Gratitud, Serenata Vallenata, Amor de Callejera, Recordándote, Amor a Dos Manos, Los Tiempos Cambian and Barranquillera. this year he also recorded an album separately with accordion player Nelson Diaz, titled Conmigo es el Baile with the songs; Ojitos Claros, Panderitos Parrandero, San Jacinto, La Vieja, Amor San Juanero, Diciembre Alegre, Ya Viene la Cumbia, Don Ramón, El Toro Prieto, La Sabrosa, Vámonos Compañera and La Mica Rosa.

In 1971 Oñate and the Hermanos Lopez recorded the album El Jardincito which contained the songs; Amor Sensible by Fredy Molina, Déjame gozar by José Vicente Muniver, Flor de Durania by Luciano Goyo, Mi Gran Amigo by Camilo Namen, Campesino by Poncho Zuleta, Jenny by José Vicente Muniver, Que Dolor by Luís Martinez, Querer o Aborrecer by Enrique Calderón, Amor de Quinceañera by Jorge Oñate, El Jardincito by Hugo Araujo, Fuente Cristalina by Efraín Gutiérrez and El Colibrí by Luciano Goyo. In 1972 they released the album Reyes Vallenatos which included the songs, Recordando mi Niñez by Camilo Namen, Soy Estudiante by Elver Araujo, Preguntas y Respuestas by Armando Zabaleta, Estelita Gonzáles by Poncho Zuleta, La Casita by Nicolás Maestre, Mujeres que me Dejaron by Máximo Movil, Tiempos de la Cometa by Fredy Molina, Bajo el Palo de Mango by Leandro Díaz, El Cambio by Emiro Zuleta, El puente de Maríangola by Luciano Gullo, Amparito by Hugo Araujo, and La Vieja Gabriela by Juan Muñoz. In 1973 released the album El Cantor de Fonseca with the songs; El Cantor de Fonseca by Carlos Huertas, El contrabandista, by Sergio Moya, Palabras al Viento by Santander Durán, El Compadre by Luciano Guyo, Si la Vieras by Urbano Díaz, Los Tres Hermanos by Tobías Enrique Pumarejo, No voy a Patillal by Armando Zabaleta, No te Vayas by Julio Oñate Martínez, Razón y Olvido by Emiro Zuleta, Hermosos Tiempos by Carlos Huertas, Mi Huerto by Máximo Movil and Despedida al Festival by Luís Francisco Medoza. This same year the group releases a second album named Las Bodas de Plata which included the songs; Las Bodas de Plata by Armando Zabaleta, El Libre by Camilo Namen, La Niña Educada by Hugo Araujo, Corazón Vallenato by Emiro Zuleta, Saludo Cordial by Luis Enrique Martínez, Si Hay Cara Sucias by an author that reserved the right, Carmen Gómez by Rafael Escalona, La Margentina by Julio De La Rosa, Pensando en Ti by Armando Zabaleta, Mi Canto Sentimental by Poncho Zuleta, Toda Mujer No Es Igual by Leandro Díaz and La Cordobesa by Luis Enrique Martínez.

In 1974 they recorded another two albums, the first one Fuera de Concurso contains the songs; La Loma by Samuel Martínez, Dos Rosas by Fredy Molina, A Través de los Años by Emiro Zuleta, Mala Suerte by Rafael Escalona, Amor Ardiente by Emiro Zuleta, Días del Ayer by Alberto Murgas, Aracataca Espera Armando Zabaleta, El Historiador by Raúl Garrido, El Compadre Tomás by Rafael Escalona, Adiós Amor by Emiro Zuleta, El Compositor by Sergio Moya Molina and Desde la Capital by Emiro Zuleta. The second one was named Rosa Jardinera with the songs; Rosa Jardinera by Idelfonso Ramírez, Secretos del Alma by Sergio Moya Molina, La Muchachita by Alejo Durán, Entre Placeres y Penas by Emiro Zuleta, Dos Papeles by Oscar Díaz, Inquietud by Gustavo Gutierrez, Patillalero de Cepa by Edilberto Daza, Las Bananeras by Lorenzo Morales, La Primavera Florecida by Lorenzo Morales, Dubis Caballero by Enrique Calderón, Marula by Enrique Zequeira and Cristina by composer Freddy Molina.

2000s[edit]

Oñate is currently performing with one of the youngest and best accordionist in Colombia Christian Camilo Peña with only 21 years old he has already achieved a crown of king in the Vallenato Legend Festival celebrated every year in Valledupar, they had recorded 3 albums together: "Seguire Triunfando (2004)", "Vivo Cantando (2005)" and "Mi Mejor Regalo (2006)".

Family[edit]

Oñate is son of Daniel Gonzalez and Delfina Oñate and is the yougest of three siblings. He married Nancy Zuleta and had three children with her; Jorge Luis, Delfina Ines and Jorge Daniel.[1] He also has another son also named Jorge from an extramarital relationship with a woman named Claudia Dangond.

Discography[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jorge Onate: Biografia. jorgeonate.com Accessed 15 January 2007.
  2. ^ Revista Semana: Política y acordeón. semana.com Accessed 16 January 2007.

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