martes, 29 de julio de 2008

Music of Nicaragua

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Music of Nicaragua is a mixture of indigenous and European, especially Spanish, influences. Musical instruments include the marimba and others common across Central America. Pop music includes Cuban, Brazilian, Mexican and Panamanian performers, as well as stars from Europe and the United States.

The marimba of Nicaragua is uniquely played by a sitting performer holding the instrument on his knees. He is usually accompanied by a bass fiddle, guitar and guitarrilla (a small guitar like a mandolin). This music is played at social functions as a sort of background music. The marimba is made with hardwood plates, placed over bamboo or metal tubes of varying lengths. It is played with two or four hammers.

The Caribbean coast of Nicaragua is known for its Palo de Mayo music and dance, it is a lively, sensual form of dance music that is especially loud and celebrated during the Palo de Mayo festival. The Garifuna community exists in Nicaragua and is known for its popular music called Punta. Also, Soca, Reggaeton and Reggae is popular throughout the country. A really good band of Nicaraguan Reggae Music is "Osberto Jerez y Los Gregory's", the band got its name to honor Gregory Isaac.

Another popular musical genre in Nicaragua is the Chicheros, often consisting of trumpet and trombone or other brass instruments, with additional musicians playing various percussions. This is often to be heard in private parties around the country.

Nicaraguans enjoys their local artist's music but also enjoy music from around the world. They enjoy the Dominican Republic's bachata and merengue, Jamaica's reggae, Panama's reggaeton, Colombia's Cumbia, and the Garifuna's punta among other genres including pop. Among the younger crowds rock has become very popular.[1]

[edit] Theater
See also: Culture of Nicaragua and El Güegüense
Indigenous theater groups performed with music and dance. Theatrical manifestations include the Elegant Knights of Huaco Bull and the UNESCO proclaimed masterpiece "El Güegüense", among many others.

[edit] Nicaraguans in Music
The most prominent Nicaraguan composer is Luis Abraham Delgadillo, with several symphonies, stage works, orchestral pieces, chamber music, songs, and piano music to his credit.

Prominent musicians and songwriters include Carlos Mejia Godoy, Luis Enrique Mejia Godoy, Luis Enrique Mejía López (known as Luis Enrique (singer)), Camilo Zapata, Hernaldo Zúñiga, Dimension Costeña, Los Mokuanes, Lya Barrioz, Norma Helena Gadea, Katia Cardenal, Salvador Cardenal and Marcio Brenes Mejia.

Of the younger generation of Nicaraguan singer-songwriters there are a few notable such as Ramon Armando Mejia (Perrozompopo), Moisés Gadea, Junior Escobar, Elsa Basil, Cecilia Ferrer, Alejandro Carlos Mejia, Clara Grun, Duo Guardabarranco, Juan Solorzano, and Marcio Brenes JR.. Also, rock bands such as Grupo Armado and Cecilia & The Argonauts.

Hip Hop and Reggaeton artist include Torombolo, J Smooth, Mr. Meli, Nello Style, Nica and Lingo Nicoya.

Nicaraguas Caribbean coast is home to prominent reggae singers such as Carlos de Nicaragua, Kali Boom, Sabu, and Sabu Sr., Osberto Jerez y los Gregory's

Also notable instrumentalists such as guitarists Tony Melendez, Eduardo Araica and Andrés Sánchez, marimba player Carlos Luis Mejia and the batterist (and DJ) Bikentios Chávez.

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Cristina dijo...

Recuerdan a Marlene Ayerdis del famos Grupo Los Africans de Masaya? Famosos por mas de 2 decadas en Nicaragua, Costa Rica. Ahora con su propia Orquesta Harmonia Latina, sigue activa, can tando bello como siempre, y llevando muy en alto la musica de Nicaragua en San Francisco, CA. Aqui en este concierto abre apra Tania Libertad en el lujoso HERBST THEATRE de San Francisco, CA.