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The bass drum: the distance from folklore

The bass drum, a classic instrument of our folklore, also had a practical function to which it owes its name.

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Irreplaceable companion of chacareras, zambs and malambos, the bass drum is an essential piece of our folklore. Originally from Santiago del Estero, from there it expanded throughout northern Argentina. However, his goodness went beyond music.

The name of the drum drum is not accidental. It's called that because it can be heard, literally, a league. In his native Santiago, he even used it to delimit territories. How far did one payment go and another start? Easy: as far as you heard the hype, exactly one league.

Publication Date: 10/07/2019

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