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Tamborito drumming and Yin Carrizo

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 27 April 2002

In the first of two programmes Lucy Duran explores music in Panama City and the Azuero peninsula. She discovers Tamborito drumming, Musica Tipica and “Decima” music and tries her hand at Salomas (yodeling).

Through talking to Dorindo Cardenas, Gustavo Salamin and Yin Carrizo she sees the importance of music in every day life in Panama, from its religious and festival significance to how it takes on political meaning.

Music and featured items

22 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • The Panama Canal

    At the Panama Canal Lucy presents a Tamborito group from the forest.

  • Music Played

    • Image for The Darien folkloric ensemble / Tamborito group
      00:01

      The Darien folkloric ensemble / Tamborito group Agua del Canal ("the water of the canal")

  • Tamorito Music and the players

    Lucy learns about the origins of Taborito and the performers.

  • Music Played

    • Image for The Darien folkloric ensemble / Tamborito group
      00:07

      The Darien folkloric ensemble / Tamborito group Romero Santo

  • Tamborito drums

    Lucy describes the log drums used in Tamborito.

  • Music Played

    • Image for The Darien folkloric ensemble / Tamborito group
      00:13

      The Darien folkloric ensemble / Tamborito group Rompera

  • A Decima

    Three musicians from the Azuero peninsula rehearse a decima.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Edgardo Lopez and decima musicians
      00:17

      Edgardo Lopez and decima musicians "Panama" (Decima)

  • Mejorana

    Virtuoso Gustavo Salamin talks about the Mejorana, a small 5 string guitar.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Gustavo Salamin
      00:20

      Gustavo Salamin Mejorana demonstration

    • Image for Gustavo Salamin
      00:22

      Gustavo Salamin "Gallino" (roster) torrente / Mejorana demonstration

    • Image for Gustavo Salamin
      00:23

      Gustavo Salamin Mesano torrente / Mejorana demonstration

    • Image for Gustavo Salamin
      00:24

      Gustavo Salamin Mejorana torrente

    • Image for Gustavo Salamin
      00:27

      Gustavo Salamin El festival de Guarare

  • Yin Carrizo and Viva Panama

    Yin Carrizo, Panama's great accordianist, performs his famous tune Viva Panama.

  • Music Played

  • Panamanian yodeling

    Lucy tries a strange kind of Panamanian countryside yodeling technique called “Salomas”.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Salomas yodelling singers
      00:39

      Salomas yodelling singers a song about rubbish collection

  • Dorindo Cardenas and musica tipica

    Dorindo Cardenas performs and discusses "musica tipica".

  • Music Played

  • Musica Tipica on the radio

    Lucy hears musica tipica on the radio, on her way to catch a flight to San Blas Island.

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