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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2004
SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS RECORDINGS TO RELEASE 'SÍ, SOY LLANERO: JOROPO MUSIC FROM THE ORINOCO PLAINS OF COLOMBIA' ON JUNE 29, 2004
18-Track Release Features Música Llanera From Eastern Colombia
On June 29, 2004, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings will release 'Sí, Soy Llanero: Joropo Music from the Orinoco Plains of Colombia.' Recorded in September 2003 in Bogotà, Colombia, this 18-track collection captures the true essence of música llanera (plains music tradition) and offers a glimpse into the broad joropo tradition.
Created by ranching people with a love of cattle, horses, music, and dance, the joropo's driving rhythm and percussive stringed-instrument sound draw from centuries-old Spanish, African, and New World musical traditions. In Colombia, the term música llanera is often used interchangeably with joropo. The repertoire, style, and appearance of the extroverted joropo are today widely accepted as symbols of pride in the regional culture of the llanos (plains).
Co-produced by Carlos Rojas and Daniel Sheehy, the album includes percussive harp techniques and fast picking bandola (four-stringed guitar), cuatro (small four-stringed guitar), bass, and maracas (pair of gourd rattles). Blending these instruments with the distinctive vocals from Wilton Games, Ana VeydÑ, and Luis Moreno 'Sí, Soy Llanero' achieves the signature plains sound.
For more information on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, please contact Alexis Tedford [firstname.lastname@example.org ] or Matt Hanks [email@example.com] at Shore Fire Media, 1.718.522.7171.