Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Gaitas

Gaitas are Venezuela Christmas music. Originated in the city of Maracaibo, they are a sign that Christmas season is here.
These students came from a neighboring school. I found it very entertaining. The instruments are a cuatro...a small 4-string guitar, the tambor or drums, maracas...the gourds with sand, seeds, or beads inside, a "furruco"...a drum thing a stick sticking out of it (it had a cool sound) and, charrasca...the scraper-looking thing (like a cylindrical cheese grater).


video

note: This was all shot with my little Canon SD1000, hence the limited quality of picture and sound.

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