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Cuyano folklore: between the cat, the cueca and the tune

It is a broad concept, but we Argentines indefinitely relate it to music. A genus as national as Cuyan.
Folklore cuyano: entre el gato, la cueca y la tonada
| 05 November, 2019 |

In our country, the first association we deal with the word folklore is to think of “music”. In popular and traditional music of the Argentines. Exponents of the size of Horacio Guarany or Soledad Pastorutti are the first to come to our mind when we hear that word. However, folklore is much more than that. Folklore is the tradition herself. It is the set of cultural customs that make a nation. That is why, among other topics, in our mother sport we talk about the “folklore of football” when we refer to our fans and the color that contextualizes each match. However, folklore as poetry, dance and sound is what represents us. To all Argentines, but to the Cuyanos and Mendoza in particular. Cuyano folklore is a historical genre and never goes out of fashion, although it always adapts to new proposals.

Folklore: of the conservatives to the avant-garde

Traditional Flokloric Music: respects instruments folklore of each area, as well as their interpretation. Such is the case of Los Chalchaleros, Los Tucu Tucu or Los Troubadours de Cuyo.

Folkloric Music of Projection: Usestraditional instrumentsand adds drums, keyboards, electroacoustic guitar, vocal arrangements. It is the example of Los Nocheros, Luciano Pereyra or Soledad.

Folkloric Fusion Music: Unites with Other Styles musicals such as rock, tango, pop, etc. From the timbre, incorporating electric guitars, synthesizers. Even music with rhythms, melodic twists and new harmonies. The example of these artists are Fito Páez, Divididos or Andrés Calamaro.

Cuyana identity

Land of guitarists eximios, Cuyo presents high quality in instrumental and vocal treatment of his songbook, which is a true sign of popular good taste. Are common instrumental formations involving chales. Whose has developed an authentic guitar school, mainly with the technique of the prong. Cuyana regional music has a strong kinship with Chilean music and both with Spanish originals that were Americanized or acriollated.

Cat: “There is no cueca without a cat…” says the saying. While the cueca is an invitation, the cat is a positive response to it, hence the saying. The cat is a cheerful Creole dance that was danced in Cuyo since before 1820 and arrived from Peru. It represents a discreet love game of courtship. The man pursues the woman with the best techniques of his shoes until he obtains his correspondence.

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