The Other Side of LatinAmerica Folklore

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It took me a while to do this post..in fcat i have to admit it took me months!!
not because the info wasn’t there, but because i had to create a whole context to do it..
To explain myself better, i will start telling readers that collaborating with a Classical-Electronica project like Cheval Chamber Orchestra means that Classical music knowledge is a must.. and to be honest i dig it but i’ve never studied music as a career.. SO IT FREAKED ME OUT to post these next words as i am not a “connoisseur” .
What i DO know is the other side of latin American, we have shown to the world, cumbia, vallenato, champeta, merengue, salsa, fusion, bullerengue, reggaeton, ruidoson, texmex, nortec, and so on..
BUT WE HAVEN’T SHOWN THE “EDUCATED” music from the north part of south america, the Bambuco,joropo and guabina side..
This music had a strong influence from the XVII, XVIII Century European music in both ways, as “educated” people in the new world preferred to listen to Bach, and all that stuff.. European were influenced by compositions coming from Latin America..
I want to present some of the coolest rhythms from America Latina
Bambuco is a traditional music genre of Colombia and Venezuela. It has a beat structure similar to the European waltz or polska (not polka). Typically a bambuco piece is a folk music song accompanied by a stylized group dance in either a 6/8 or 3/4 meter.
Joropo
The Joropo is played with the arpa llanera (harp), bandola, cuatro, and maracas (ibid), making use of polyrhythmic patterns, especially of hemiola, and alternation of 3/4 and 6/8 tempos.

This is a guabina

The music, sometimes called el bambuco, is thought to be of African origin, but took a cultural foothold in the Andean region of Colombia and Venezuela and has spread in popularity throughout Latin America.

AND GENERATIONBASS HAS THE AMAZING HONOR OF PRESENTING TO THE WORLD ONE OF THE BIGGEST ACTS IN LATIN AMERICAN TRADITIONAL FOLKLORE
Coming from Venezuela, Colombia, and brazil (?)RECOVECO give a huge step in traditional Latin America Folklore.
here’s a Guajiro Barroco, they do this one in an amazing collaboration with Julio Font!!

GUAJIRO BARROCO by Recoveco

Bambucos, Joropos, Waltz, Torbellinos, Guabinas and Choros from Brazil, are mainly the compositions of these musicians.
THEY USED TO BELONG TO THE EXCLUSIVE CLASSICAL AND JAZZ CIRCLE BUT WITH THEIR AMAZING PERFORMANCES DURING MORE THAN 15 YEARS THEY ARE A HUGE INFLUENCE IN THE SCENE…AND SOMEHOW THEY STILL KEEP BEING HIDDEN…AND SECRETLY SPREAD THRU THE MUSIC CIRCLE WITHOUT BEING NOTICED FROM MAJOR LABELS
NOT ANYMORE!! and hopefully World music labels keep an eye on these guys as they are the cream of the top!!!
here is PAJARILLO!!!
a REAL MASTERPIECE…not kidding..with el cruzao..this song’s been selected as one of the best compositions of contemporaneous traditional music!!

Pajarillo by Recoveco

WELL and we can not talk about Contemporaneous Latin America folklore without mentioning
Our second guests: EDITUS a recognized Costa Rican ensemble formed by Ricardo Ramírez, Edín Solís and Carlos “Tapado” Vargas. This guys have more than 17 years of experience. Their music styles basically are modern and traditional jazz, new age, classical music, and the unique sound of Latin America.
Also they have worked with famous artists like León Gieco, Danilo Pérez, Aterciopelados, Tania Libertad, Armando Manzanero, Pedro Aznar, and Rubén Blades with whom they won the Grammy Award in the year 2000 for the year’s “Best Latin Pop Presentation” for the song called “Tiempos.” Also they got two more prizes again on the categories “Best World Music Album” and “Best Tropical Contemporary Album” for the album “Mundo.”

HERE THEY ARE WITH RUBEN BLADES!!

They have received National Awards like “Ancora” given by “La Nación” newspaper; the National Association of Authors and Musical Composers (ACAM) privileged them as “The group with Best International Projection.
360!! Editus differs from Recoveco as they have “flirted” with electronic stuff

and here it is a short video of Nomad

1 comment

  • Bleepolar March 26, 2010

    Incredible post! this is the other side we almost know, is our cultural wealth i’m very proud of all this artists!

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