November 28, 2015

Pacho Rada – Sipote Luto
Discos Fuentes 1973

Pacho Rada, front

El Acordeon del Diablo.
A couple of years ago I discovered this little film at Youtube.
The story of Francisco ‘Pacho’ Rada made an unforgettable
impression and ever since I’ve been trying to find his music.
Shortly my buddy Sanjay came back from Colombia and
brought back this album which pleased me enormously.
The story starts with this rumour, a German ship full of
acordeons was told to be wrecked at the Colombian coast.
It is said that this is how the acordeon landed up at the
atlantic coast of Colombia where earlier they had only
made music using strings, rhythm and flute or gaita.
I was struck by the passage in which the old Pacho Rada
tells about his poverty despite all the songs he wrote.
Songs that made guys like Alfredo Gutierrez very rich,
Alfredo’s face speaks for itself when listening to the
poor old man. Hope you can follow a little Spanish,
enjoy watching and Francisco el hombre.
By the way, it is still unclear to me if there’s a link
between the old Pacho Rada and Pachito Rada Ortiz.
There is a lot of discussion going on about the true story,
one believes it, the other doesn’t, see for yourself..

Francisco „Pacho“ Rada Bautista * 11 Mai 1907 in
Las Mulas Magdalena , † 17 July 2003 in Santa Marta.
He was told to be the originator of
the ‘Vallenato’ we know today..


01 – Sipote luto
02 – Sinforoso
03 – La licorera
04 – Boveda blanca
05 – La ñatica
06 – El colombianito
07 – Las tres hermanas
08 – Al leon de granada
09 – Pablo hernandez
10 – El criminal


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  1. Antonio 29 November 2015 at 19:28 - Reply

    Muchas Gracias Moos por este excelente Lp de Francisco Pacho Rada Bautista El Rey Del Son y gracias por seguir con vallenato

  2. nabusimake 3 December 2015 at 20:29 - Reply

    ¡Que orgullo encontrar toda esta música de Colombia en esta página! Más aún después de que el vallenato fuera elegido por la Unesco como patrimonio inmaterial de la humanidad. Dejo el video presentado por la Unesco hace unos días: ¡Muchas gracias Globalgroovers!

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  4. Leonardo Camacho Arreaga 7 September 2018 at 05:36 - Reply

    Pachito Rada Ortiz sí es hijo de Pacho Rada Ortiz, es el primer varón que tuvo, de la unión con su segunda esposa, llamada “Blanca Rosa Ortiz Zambrano”.

    Cabe recalcar que el Rey Vallenato Alberto ”Beto” Rada Ospino, también es hijo de Pacho Rada, producto de la unión con María Ospino Ospino.

    Saludos desde Ecuador!

    • Moos 7 September 2018 at 06:16 - Reply

      Muchas gracias Leonardo..

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