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Gio Fernández is one of the new faces of llanera music in Venezuela and the world. Photo: Courtesy
Gio Fernández is one of the new faces of llanera music in Venezuela and the world. Photo courtesy of Gio Fernández.

Gio Fernandez, llanera music from Venezuela for the world

This young Venezuelan has become a trend on social media with his new album 'Evolución.'

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Giovanny Fernández is a 28 years old now, but since he was a 'chamo,' this budding Venezuelan star has dedicated his life to performing llanera. 

In his hometown, he grew up to the sound of the maracas, cuatro, harp and bass. His dream was always to enter a music conservatory, however, he graduated as a lawyer in Barquisimeto and then moved to Caracas to fulfill his life destiny — to be a musician. 

Gio, as he is artistically known, spoke with AL DIA News about his first studio album Evolución and the future of the popular music genre that has transformed over time.

"An artist endures over time because he knows how to adapt to music trends and evolves with his audience," said the Venezuelan, who was the first llanero artist to enter La Ruta Live, a bus tour that visits 12 cities in Venezuela with more than 15,000 spectators per show. 

It was thanks to this shift that Gio was encouraged to experiment with a fusion of genres, taking popular llanero music to a much more modern level with urban, ranchero and pop rhythms. 

Evolución is an album full of emotions, dedicated to love, conquest and even heartbreak. In its first week, some songs reached 1 million views on YouTube, scoring a great success in this genre. 

"This work was a way to allow people to feel the music through unpublished songs and other more commercial songs that they have heard in other singers," said the artist, who is known for performing his own versions of songs like "Adiós Amor" by Christian Nodal and "Yo no fui" by Pedro Fernandez. 

The Venezuelan will continue to revolutionize the llanero genre not only through social media, but also with performances he hopes to take to other cities in Latin America and the United States, so that his audience can identify with the new global genre. 

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