Carlos Vives’ Fantasy Island Tracks

If you were stranded on a desert island, which tracks would you absolutely need, to get you through those times of despair? Man cannot live on sun and fish alone right? Our castaway, Carlos Vives, one of the most emblematic artists in Colombia and one of the most important figures in Latin music, with more than 20 million albums sold around the world, puts in his requests for musical salvation...

1. ‘The Brandenburg Concerto’ by Johann Sebastian Bach.

“This is a collection of six works presented by Bach to Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt, in 1721. They are sublime pieces of music that I’d play to relax me in times of desperation.”

2. ‘La mujer y la Primavera’ by Alejo Duran

“I've covered many songs of this great artist and this is a song that inspires me to sing to nature, to my loved one (or the memory of a loved one) and to the eternal spring.”

3. ‘Yo No Quiero Volverme Tan Loco’ by Charly Garcia

“He is truly one of the great Latin American artists of the 20th century, whose music marked the lives of many of us artists. I've chosen this song becaise I imagine being on a desert island, at some point the loneliness is going to drive you mad, which is why I’d have to have this song by this Argentine maestro and one of the greatest songwriters this continent has produced.”

4. ‘Un Millon de Amigos’ by Roberto Carlos

“It’s always good to think about your friends, old ones and new ones, it’s a good medicine for loneliness. And what better way that to be sung to by this great Brazilian singer, the king”

5. ‘Contigo en la Distancia’ by Los Panchos

“It’s a beautiful song to remember your loved ones"

7. ‘Hoy tengo Tiempo’ by Carlos Vives

“Am I allowed one of my own? If so then this one will suit me beciase I’m going to have a lot of time on this desert island.”

8. ‘La Tierra Prometida’ by Carlos Vives

“This one will keep up my hopes that one day I’ll return home!”

Carlos Vives will be headlining the HOLA Festival @ The 02 tomorrow 21st July Tickets here: https://www.theo2.co.uk/events/detail/hola-london