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Chamamé, the most original and multicultural dance

The cultural and historical confluence of the coast is fully expressed in every rhythm, lyrics and dance of the chamamé. Shall we dance?


Chamamé is the most popular dance on the coast, it is a cultural practice that transmits energy and joy when listening to it or dancing it. The foundations of this folk dance are Guaraní, but other cultural branches have inoculated their genes in this dance. Sapucai is a cry typical of the Guarani culture. The first influence is ours, the very one that gave it the original or aboriginal rhythm. The passage of time added elements of Jesuit, Spanish and largely German culture, adding rhythm with their  accordions  and bandoneons.

 The provinces where the chamamé will never be missing are Cors, Misiones, Chaco, Formosa, Santa Fe and Entre Ríos. This does not imply that this dance is an exclusivity of them, being part of national folklore, the dance has been installed in several regions. It already has festivals in other provinces that do not belong to the coastal region. Which indicates that, far from being a regional culture, it has become a nationalthing.

The story

History has had an important relationship with chamamé and folklore in general. After the last dictatorship he had a rebirth, a change in his lyrics, but not in his essence. Music has always had an unwavering commitment to the peoples, and the chamamé was no exception. Sapucai is a shout of joy typical of the chamamé, without the cry it could be said that it is not chamamé.

The process of formation of chamamé is centenary, but the dance and singing that we know has been shaped almost 100 years ago. We could say that Tránsito Cocomarola, Ernesto Montiel, Isaco Abitbol and Tarragó Ros were the pioneers. This branch of folklore marked the path and the main characteristics of the chamamé. Bringing this dance and culture from one region to almost the whole country.


Publication Date: 12/12/2019

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