Carlos Alberto Vives Restrepo, 7 August 1961, Santa Marta, Departamento del Magdalena, Colombia. A former telenovela hunk, singer Carlos Vives puts a sparkling sheen on the countryside musical traditions of his native Colombia. Whereas many of his pop peers trumpet a brand of romanticism that is gaudy and overblown, Vives is always rustic and sweet. His voice is hearty and alluring, and his electrifying concerts pack halls throughout the Americas. As an actor in seven different soap operas, he has been a ubiquitous presence on television. However, his aspirations as a musician led Vives to set aside television glamour and reach for his roots. In 1991, he formed the upbeat fusion band, La Provincia, that combines instrumentation such as accordion, gaita (a traditional flute) and guacharaca (a percussion instrument common in vallenato) with the sinewy sound of electric guitar and organ. While his 1993 major debut, Clásicos De La Provincia, made him a...