Colombian In Wheelchair Films Music Videos Artists Dream For
“El Valien-T,” is a rapper of Colombian descent who was born in Miami, Florida. His parents were born in Barranquilla, Colombia. Bryant Scott Amastha, El Valien-T’s government name, was born with a congenital condition called Arthrogryposis that shortens his muscles and, hence, severely limits his joint movement, but not his spirit. The condition physically confines El Valien-T, which means the brave one in Spanish, to a wheelchair. He has also undergone more than 75 surgeries and will have to summit himself to more in the future.
One out every three-thousand people suffers from Arthrogryposis, according to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.
El Valien-T is from the Kendall, where I partially grew up, and attended a neighboring school called Sunset Senior High where he never let his disability stop him from becoming an honor student. He was the first disabled person in Florida to become president of the Academy of Finance, which has existed for 69 years. He studied journalism and television programming in a magnet program, and graduated with honors having maintained a GPA of 3.29 out of 4.0.
He then attended Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida and was awarded a bachelor’s degree in Sound Engineering and Music Production in 2012. He graduated with a 3.39 GPA and was named the Best Producer and Arranger of his class. Shortly thereafter, he was awarded a Masters Degree in Entertainment Business and Sports Management with a 3.42 GPA in 2013.
He released his debut album titled, “El Valentoso,” in 2013 on Univision’s morning program Despierta America. El Valien-T finished the album while he was completing his Masters Degree.
An accomplished technologist, El Valien-T is a certified trainer of music engineering software, Pro Tools 10 & 11, he’s the State of Florida’s youngest notary public at the age of 23, and he just got his real-estate license. In short, my man is a hustla!
He is promoting his music touring Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Central and South America and the United States, where he has performed at the Colombian Independence Day Festival, before more than 50,000 people in attendance) and the Calle Ocho parade, both held in Miami, Florida.
And without question, El Valien-T is utterly worthy of every accolade his hard work has produced. Still need proof? Let Ojala touch your heart as it did mine.
During the following episode of Caso Cerrado, El Valien-T’s mother narrates more parts about his story, including when he met and was mentored by Colombian recording artists Carlos Vives and Shakira. His mother, who has been very supportive of El Valien-T’s career, filed a lawsuit against a man who charged her $4,500 to promote an appearance and radio airtime in Barranquilla, Colombia during the city’s four-day carnival.