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Tamborito drumming and Yin Carrizo

1/2. 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).

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.

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  • The Panama Canal

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

    Duration: 05:46

  • Music Played

    • 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.

    Duration: 06:00

  • Music Played

    • The Darien folkloric ensemble / Tamborito group

      Romero Santo

  • Tamborito drums

    Lucy describes the log drums used in Tamborito.

    Duration: 04:30

  • Music Played

    • The Darien folkloric ensemble / Tamborito group

      Rompera

  • A Decima

    Three musicians from the Azuero peninsula rehearse a decima.

    Duration: 03:50

  • Music Played

    • Edgardo Lopez and decima musicians

      "Panama" (Decima)

  • Mejorana

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

    Duration: 10:11

  • Music Played

    • Gustavo Salamin

      Mejorana demonstration

    • Gustavo Salamin

      "Gallino" (roster) torrente / Mejorana demonstration

    • Gustavo Salamin

      Mesano torrente / Mejorana demonstration

    • Gustavo Salamin

      Mejorana torrente

    • Gustavo Salamin

      El festival de Guarare

  • Yin Carrizo and Viva Panama

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

    Duration: 07:34

  • Music Played

    • Yin Carrizo

      Viva Panama

    • Yin Carrizo

      Lucy

  • Panamanian yodeling

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

    Duration: 03:47

  • Music Played

    • Salomas yodelling singers

      a song about rubbish collection

  • Dorindo Cardenas and musica tipica

    Dorindo Cardenas performs and discusses "musica tipica".

    Duration: 08:05

  • Music Played

    • Dorindo Cárdenas

      a musica tipica song

  • Musica Tipica on the radio

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

    Duration: 01:22

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