As a treasure that allows to follow the footsteps of Darío Pavajeau Molina (Valledupar, 1941), he contributes to his genealogy, letters, testimonies and telegrams of characters who somehow loved folklore more or elevated it through your friendship.
Pavajeau was a friendship that opened – and still opens – the house open to anyone who surrendered to the magic of vallenato music, regardless of origin, position or social class (although he lived in Plaza de Valledupar has prepared presidents and politicians for decades) .
By some like that, testify to the humble origins of vallenato and the protagonist and leader of the road to social summits, Almost less than his presence among the founders of the Vallenata Legend Festival in 1968 was expected.
It had to be there, next to Consuelo Araujonoguera, Rafael Escalona and Alfonso López Michelsen. He was with Gustavo Gutiérrez Cabello, Cecilia Monsalvo, Andrés Becerra and Luis Eduardo Montero, and worked to make the first festival a success.
In fact, Pavajeau is credited, in press releases, by having "pulled" Alejo Durán from a cockpit in Sincelejo to compete in Valledupar and take the first crown of the festival, which next year will reach its 52nd grade. Th edition.
But among the treasures of Pavajeau is a telegram by Gabriel García Márquez, who provides evidence of an antecedent of these festivals – without any reason – the realization of a festival in Aracataca. The message, dated 1966, addressed to Darío Pavajeau and the painter Jaime Molina, written in capital letters under the Telecom reception, reads as follows:
"Through (sic) maestro Escalona I have inherited my precious friendship. Please accept my cordial greeting and at the same time let me invite you to participate in the Colacho festival vallenato tomorrow Aracataca. García Márquez."
The main characters of the message are legends of folklore. The first: Rafael Escalona, another of the bars of the foundation of the Vallenato Festival, author of the song El Perro de Pavajeau, dedicated to the father of Darío and his brother Roberto el Turco. It is shown here as the bridge between Vallenato and Nobel García Márquez.
On the relationship with Gabo with vallenato elevated in his work pages has been filled. Jaime Molina, the other addressee, was the protagonist of one of the most classic songs (also of Escalona) and one of the unforgettable partygos.
And it's also called Nicolás & # 39; Colacho & # 39; Mendoza, a trekking player – who many years later, in 1988, would rise with the crown of the king's first king-. He was the translator of Escalona's inspiration for music notes and had his own accordion for the first time in 1958, when Darío Pavajeau –whose friendship with him made him a patron of musicians – he decided to go to Medellin, to Casa Conti, to buy him one to 200 pesos.
Pavajeau was mayor of Valledupar between 1975 and 1977. But his contribution to folklore is what has given him satisfaction and recognition as one He received in the most recent composer of Patillal (December 24 and 25), who gave him his greatest tribute and told him he was adopted son of the village.
The festival in the Vallenata doctor has also given him a distinction in 2011: the Consuelo Araujonoguera medal. And it has a glory in art, folklore and culture at the University of Cesar, given in 2013.
Perhaps all this contribution began with the fighting cranes. One cannot speak of Darío Pavajeau without describing him as a gallery, and of the famous inside and outside the country.
Then it is understood why his role has been so important: cockfights not only attracted breeders of these animals, but entire groups that went from town to city hunt for festivities to gather competitions.
In the committees, they went jugdal pullers who sang the news and armed piqueries. When you bet on an accordion player in competition, you say "it's my chicken" as if it were cockfighting, and many other similes are discovered in letters from vallenata puyas.
"Valledupar was a colony," said Pavajeau to EL TIEMPO, in a former vallenato festival. It was no fun here, the only thing was cockfighting. And by April 29, people came from Riohacha, Santa Marta, Barranquilla and surrounding towns".
Pavajeau did the management so that this relationship would be maintained. A year before the festival Vallenato was part of the group of Galician friends who contributed to the creation of Miguel Yaneth Coliseum, from Valledupar, and he intended to maintain the competition of roosters in the programming of the Vallenata doctors' festival, in the early days. There he discovered talents, not just top and spur, but accordion.
And it was his side of the party, understood as it gathers vallen data, which appeared (and was preserved) anecdotes, verses, piquerias and songs for the creole of the kitchen and the whiskey that vallenatos adopted as his.
After converting their house to a parrandas place, a vallenato cult was forged among the high society cachas that arrived. It was always the most traditional folklorists, and many of these parties, with anecdotes about who were and what was said, became press releases.
For the same reason, when the Vallenata Legendary Festival wanted to restore authentic celebration, created a competition for Parranderas House, in 2016, gave it the name of the trophy.
Pavajeau has many other treasures that stand for the close friendships that made folklore grow. "When Alexander invaded Great Asia and met the sovereign in the country called Darius, he said: & # 39; Even if you no longer live, Darius is the great, blessed of the gods, so noble with his people. Today I think Darío Pavajeau is Darío of vallenato and the strangers who beat Valledupar. God bless you ", wrote in his own hand, Rafael Escalona in April 2009.
A few days ago, when he received the Maria Concepción Loperena Medal, in the category of prominent citizen, in Patillal, the joy of Darío Pavajeau was undeniable: he received a tribute in life to dedicate his life to protect folklore.
Efrain Quintero was one of the folklorists who share with him that mission, the one in charge of highlighting his meaning as follows: "In the provincial environment, it is not a sign that would have invested in all his passions and fortune, sponsor and spread the values of our minstrels, the real leader that He took them from the backyard of the salons halls of the community, which swapped foxtrot, polka and mazurka for the sensitive songs of the Badillo river"Sa Quintero.
And Pavajeau's answer was grateful: "Thanks, Patillal, country that is Cesar's cultural emporium and where I am now an adopted son, but before I had sown my heart".
LILIANA MARTINEZ POLO