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Venezuelan music gets London dancing

With a rich array of nuances, instruments and dance styles, the sounds of this Latin-American country speak to people around the world. Two concerts featuring traditional music and the joropo dance style will take place on 6 April and 20 April in the embassy in the British capital to showcase this diversity.

 

venezuela bolivarFew art forms are a better reflection of a country’s cultural richness than music. Musical performances differ according to region of origin, the age of the performers and the influences that have shaped them, offering the world a chance to discover the unique characteristics of diverse peoples.

When it comes to countries such as Venezuela, this diversity is even greater. As a racially blended country, Venezuela has produced music that embraces and incorporates Spanish, indigenous and African elements in characteristic genres such as the waltz and joropo. Salsa and merengue derived from Venezuela’s Caribbean neighbours also take their place among the country’s wide array of styles.

Venezuelan roots

The Venezuelan Embassy in London has organised an event entitled “Venezuelan roots concert” on Thursday 6 April. Attendees will have an opportunity to enjoy live music blending traditional and more modern sounds performed by notable Venezuelan musicians.

The reason behind this diversity is simple. Eddy Marcano, Leonidas Rondón, Manuel Rangel, Baden Goyo José “Layo” Puentes and Julio D’Santiago hail from places as far apart as the Andes and eastern region, the western region and the capital.

This diversity in terms of background is magnified by the fact that the performers also live in different latitudes. A sample of Venezuelan Roots’ improvisation, composition and arrangements may be listened to on their Facebook page.

Date: Thursday 6 April 2017 at 7:30 pm. Location: Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, W1T 5DL.

venezuela joropo jamJoropo in London

Two weeks later, at the same time and in the same place, the focus will turn to joropo: a genre of music and dance from Venezuela and Colombia with various sub-categories such as eastern joropo, central joropo, Andean joropo and the joropo of the plains, among others.

Joropo Jam, the group that will bring these rhythms to London, come from Caracas and started out in 2010. For them, the golden rule is to perform without relying on set patterns or predetermined influences.

Joropo Jam is a group of musicians with different styles offering a diverse panorama of joropo. Their repertoire also showcases the differences between each song they perform.

Date: Thursday 20 April 2017 at 7:30 pm. Location: Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, W1T 5DL. For further information about these events, please email culturaembajadalondres@gmail.com

Photos: Wikimedia and Pixabay  –  (Translated by Roz harvey)

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