Viva Colombia: Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto

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Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto were born in San Jacinto in the Colombian Department of Bolívar in the 1940s. The gaiteros meaning those who play the gaita flute. Miguel Antonio Hernández Vásquez also known as “Toño” Fernández, assembled a group of San Jacinto musicians including Juan and José Lara, Pedro Nolasco Mejía and Manuel de Jesus “Mañe” Serpa who formed the group’s official line-up.

 

From the 1950s onwards, they began touring Colombia, managed by writer and researcher Manuel Zapata Olivella. As decades passed, the group began incorporating a second generation of musicians, among whom can be found some of the sons of the original line-up.

 

En 1982, due to Toño Fernández’s health problems, Joaquín Nicolás Hernández Pacheco, Fernández’s nephew, took the role of director of the band.

 

Currently, the group is headed by four of the original members, Nico, Toño, Juancho and Rafa Rodríguez, who perform with a new generation of gaiteros: Gabriel Torregrosa (son), Fredys Arrieta, Dionisio Yepes, Gualber Rodríguez and other young musicians who occasionally play with the group. (Wikipedia)

 

This music is refreshing in its simplicity and very alluring. It is not quite like anything I’ve heard recently, which doesn’t mean it is ‘out there’. Just a sudden and unexpected zephyr from Latin America.   Here is a recent interview with the group. Read it while you enjoy this pure and rustic music from across the oceans!

 

Asi tocan los indios

 

Track Listing:

 

01 El ñeque

 

02 Campo Alegre

 

03 El pondito

 

04 La cumbia de Arnulfa Helena

 

05 Rogelio

 

06 Asi tocan los indios

 

07 Viene amaneciendo

 

08 Candelilla Brava

 

09 Mi recorrida

 

10 Mi testamento

 

11 El nacimiento de Felipe

 

12 Rosita

 

13 Pobre chindo, pobre Mañe

 

14 Canto de zafra Eliécer Mejía y Juan Chuchita

 

15 Las tres barrigonas

 

16 Dolores Kumba

 

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