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Carlos Vives recorded his new album with La Provincia. Photo: Video capture.
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Carlos Vives announces first single off his album inspired by Rafael Escalona

"La historia" will be available on Feb. 9 on all of the Colombian singer's platforms.

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Carlos Vives' new album will be titled Escalona nunca se había grabado así and is based on the "lost notebook" of Rafael Escalona, composer who marked the best era of vallenato in Colombia, according to Vives' agency.

The album will be how Vives commemorates 30 years of a music career. 

"I can't forget that love that left my heart bleeding... I can't forget that woman who made me suffer for so long... Because a love that bleeds is not forgotten, it only leaves a deep wound in the soul," sounds part of the first song to be released off the album. 

Vives has already performed Escalona's music. He did it when he played the composer in a soap opera that aired in 1991. He formed the group La Provincia with accordionist Egidio Cuadrado.

"Escalona, it had never been recorded like this. With my compadrito and La Provincia, finally everyone together 🙌🏼 Very soon..." Vives wrote in an Instagram along with a video showing some details of the production.

The "Cuaderno Perdido," which inspired Vives, is a treasure that Dina Luz, Cuadrado's sister and wife of Escalona, took care of for years, according to information revealed by Vives' agency.

"The search for the notebook and the encounter with those pages were magical. Each writing consigned in that literary and musical diary hid new arrangements for the classics, as well as other songs," continued the statement from Vives' agency.

Vives will also perform at the 65th Grammy Awards on Feb. 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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