Vallenatos Music of the Greater Magdalena

Traditional Vallenatos Music of the Greater Magdalena region has been listed among the urgently needing safeguarding from the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2015. The traditional music of Vallenato has the origins from Spanish, African, and Amerindian roots making this truly one of a kind art form a standout of Caribbean tradition. The typical instruments involved with Vallenatos music are the Accordion, Caja, Gucharaca, Bass, and Guitar. The origins of Vallenatos music are from famers of the region who had West African traditions of Griots(music of story teller). They traveled with their cattle in search of pastures and often song their style of griots music along with their indigenous Gaita flutes. They communicated through their music and it became a form of entertainment for the farmers traveling as it transmitted their current state. As the music for evolved with the introduction of European instruments such as the Piano and Accordion. Vallenatos music of Colombia still had its tunes, as many of the Accordions are tuned differently from their European origin to better suit their region. It also became more popular form of gathering and entertainment among the general population and no longer seen as just for the farmers. You can watch "Traditional Vallenato music of the Greater Magdalena region" on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCsPy_adLb4/ Reference: ICH UNESCO, Wikipedia, Baquianos(www.guiasybaquianos.com)


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