BIO 

Verny Varela es un arreglista, compositor, cantante y flautista. Nació y creció en uno de los barrios más  tradicionales y conocidos por su amor a la salsa, el barrio obrero en Cali, Colombia. Verny Varela es egresado de la universidad del Valle de Cali, Colombia donde recibió el título de licensiado en música.  Luego  finalizó  una maestría en artes  enfocada en estudios  afrohispanos en la Universidad Howard en Washington, DC. Actualmente, Verny es un estudiante de doctorado en filosofía en estudios africanos en la universidad Howard.

Empezó su carrera musical con la orquesta de su padre “El Nuevo Son.” En 1996 acompaño a Ismael Miranda, Adalberto Santiago, y Pete Conde Rodriguez en Cali y Tulúa. En  1997 Varela fue el lider de la orquesta de Gabino Pampini y posteriormente paso a la orquesta de Tito Gomez con quien hizo un tour por Europa y los Estados Unidos. Verny Varela ha sido nominado en tres ocasiones a los premios que entrega el Washington Area Music Awards (Wammie). Varela ha colaborado con Thievery Corporation en los albunes,“The Richest Man in Babylon,” "The Cosmic Game” y “Radio Retaliation.” En el 2002,  grabo con la Orquesta Broadway de Nueva York en album "40 aniversario.“ 

Verny Varela se ha presentado en escenarios tan importantes como el Lincoln Memorial, el Kennedy Center, Teatro Lincoln, museos del Smithsonian, embajadas de Colombia, Italia, Panama, y Francia en Washington, DC, III Festival Mundial de la salsa en Lima, Peru, Festival Mundial de la salsa en Cali, Colombia, Festival Petronio Alvarez y Feria de la Caña de Azúcar en Cali, Colombia.

English

Verny Varela is an arranger, composer, singer and flutist.  Born in Cali, Colombia and raised in the "Barrio Obrero," home to some of the world’s most famous salsa musicians. Verny has had a lifelong love affair with music and started  singing and playing with his father's band "El Nuevo Son" at age 15.

He later went on to sing with Ismael Miranda, Adalberto Santiago and Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez, all members of the Fania All Stars, both in Cali, Colombia and in Tulua, Colombia.  In 1997, Verny became the lead singer in the Gabino Pampini Band, and later toured Europe and the U.S. with Tito Gomez.  

Verny has been nominated three times for the Washington Area Music Awards (Wammie) and also has collaborated with different artists as a singer, composer and arranger. Verny wrote and recorded with ESL Music on Thievery Corporation's albums, "The Richest Man in Babylon," "The Cosmic Game” and "Radio Retaliation." Verny sang on the 40th Anniversary CD of the outstanding charanga band, Orquesta Broadway in New York City.

Verny Varela has performed at some of the most prominent venues and festivals such as; the Lincoln Memorial, The Kennedy Center, The Lincoln Theater, Smithsonian Museums, Embassy of Colombian, Embassy of Panama, III World Salsa Festival in Lima, Peru, the Petronio Alvarez  Festival and Feria de La Caña de Azucar in Cali, Colombia.

He holds a bachelor's degree in music from the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia and a master’s degree in arts with a concentration in Afro-Hispanic Studies from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He also studied jazz at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, DC. Currently, Verny Varela teaches at Howard University and is enrolled in the doctoral program of Philosophy in African Studies.



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