Tuesday, October 19

How the song “Colegiala” became famous in Latin America (and sold thousands of copies in Europe)

  • Alejandro Millán Valencia
  • BBC World News


“Colegiala”, performed by the Colombian singer Rodolfo Aicardi, became an international success.

“There was a time when we were competing with Michael Jackson for who was selling the most records in France.”

The phrase is not pretentious: in 1983 a cumbia composed by the Peruvian Walter León Aguilar called “Colegiala” sold more than a million copies in France.

And she earned a gold record for it, on par with other big names in the music industry.


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