Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Currulao

The Currulao is the main dance of the Afrocolombians on the Pacific Coast of Colombia. Its rhythm and music clearly have African roots.

The music consists of a 6/8 rhythm played by up to 10 percussion instruments. These include the marimba de chonta, two cununos (which are 2 drums: one is considered male, and the other female), the tambora or bombo (a big round drum), the redoblante (a small portable drum), and 5 guasás (kind of maraca like instrument made from the stem of the Guadas plant).

The vocals are usually sung by a woman who narrates stories in a rhythmic rhyming way.

See a video of a currulao musicians here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wR7MdklYzkc

You can buy a video that will teach you (and your little ones) how to dance the Currulao. Here is the link:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00175XJGO?&tag=shopwiki-us-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325

* Foto by

http://www.flickr.com/photos/luchilu/2180064041/sizes/o/

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