Gaitero Music

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Gaitero Music
The Musicians
Toño Fernández

Nicolas building his maracas

Gaitero music dates back at least to the time of Bolivar. It is a fusion of indigenous and African influences, played on two flutes (gaitas), and a maraca, both of indigenous origin, and drums of African origin, from the descendants of the many African slaves who passed through this coast. The haunting melodies of the two gaitas are played in counterpoint to each other, and are combined with the steady, hypnotic beat of the small drum, the high-spirited and skillful improvisations of the other two drums, and the elaborate rhythms of the maraca.
The instruments

Listen to some Gaitero Music


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