I) SHOW US AN ACTIVITY YOU ENJOYDOING. TELL US HOW YOU THINK ITCONTRIBUTES TO YOUR PERSONAL ANDPROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTSharif AbuchaibeInternational MBA
There are many activities I enjoydoing: Fishing Watching Soccer. Playing the Accordion
Fishing in Panama
Watching a Soccer Game in the Barranquilla Stadium
But the activity that I enjoy the most is Playing the Accordion
The Accordion The accordion is the central instrument of a popular music in Colombia called: Vallenato. The accordion is originally from Austria. Its modern form was invented by Kiril Demian. It is complemented by the caja (percussion instrument) and the guacharaca (percussion instrument) to compose the vallenato music .
Vallenato Very popular music in Colombia. Vallenato literally means "born in the valley” It is composed of four basic rythms: “son”, “paseo”, “merengue” and “puya”. This type of music is impregnated in the idiosyncrasy of the people of the country
Here is the Song I made for my Wife.Sang and Composed by me. If the music did not work, here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=8wez7nStjHw
It even let’s me entertain a tirelessfellow
Professional Development The fact of playing the accordion has given me access to many people. I have had the chance of “marketing” myself as well. Music is a universal language that transcends boundaries and bonds people even thousands of miles apart. I have known people which I have made business with by sharing the same passion of Vallenato music.
Personal Development I have been playing the Accordion since I was 15 years old. Since many people like Vallenato, playing the accordion can make you the center of reunions (the life of the party). Playing the Accordion gives me time to escape from reality. It gives me time to create; to give birth to something innexistent before.
Playing the Accordion: The art ofcreating music It gives me mental agility and coordination. It has given me the opportunity to compose songs. Finally, I would summarize this presentation with Shakespeare’s, quote: "If music be the food of life, play on".