¡Y Que Viva Venezuela!

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings in Washington D.C. just released an album titled ¡Y Que Viva Venezuela! by the group Maestros del Joropo Oriental.

Maestros del Joropo Oriental presents a distinct regional variant of the joropo music anchored in the region around the eastern city of Cumaná on Venezuela’s Caribbean coast and nearby Margarita Island. Their string-driven, highly improvised, danceable music applies a rainbow of sounds - guitars unique to the region, button accordion, violin, maracas, bass and drums - to celebrate this musical tradition.

Additional information:

- This album is part of the Tradiciones/Traditions series from Smithsonian Folkways. Learn more here: http://www.folkways.si.edu/find_recordings/Latino.aspx

- Maestros del Joropo Oriental performed at the 43rd Smithsonian Folklife Festival from June 24th to July 5th (free festival on the National Mall in Washington D.C.): http://www.festival.si.edu/

- Listen to one of their songs: http://www.myspace.com/smithsonianfolkways

- Read more about Maestros del Joropo Oriental: http://www.festival.si.edu/2009/las_americas/oriental.aspx

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
600 Maryland Ave, SW Ste 2001 Washington, DC, 20024

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