(1907 - 1973) was a well-known Colombian composer
born in Natagaima
From a young age, he was linked to the trade-union movement in Barrancabermeja
, from where he had to emigrate when his personal security was threatened. He fled to Venezuela
, where he developed his musical career and composed what are often taken to be his best musical pieces.
His most widely known, and possibly best song, is the bambuco
" (I'm Colombian
); he composed many other less-known bambucos and andean
music songs, such as "Arrunchaditos", "Pasito", "Mi cafetal", "Canto a Colombia", "Tierra caliente" and many others.
Many versions of "Soy colombiano" have appeared since it was composed, even a vallenato
version by Lisandro Meza
, although the most popular version is the one from the Tolimense folk music duet Garzón y Collazos
Rafael Godoy died in Caracas
, Venezuela, on March 14, 1973.