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Our rhythms: Patagonian folk music

Patagonian folk music has its roots in the aboriginal peoples who inhabited the region. His rhythms: loncomeo, chorrillero and kaani.
| 20 December, 2019 |

Well south of the country, our folklore finds its own rhythms, many of which are legacy of the aboriginal peoples who inhabited the region. Patagonian folk music is characterized by rhythms such as loncomeo , cordillerana , the and the kaani .

The Patagonian area covers the southern end of our territory, from the Colorado River. The music region Patagonian folk includes the provinces of Neuquén, Rio Black, Chubut, Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego.

Research work carried out in the area have discovered that the projection of the representative singing of the region is based on what rescued from aboriginal communities that inhabited or inhabit that territory.

Among the Patagonian folk music stands out, then, the loncomeo, the cordillerana, the chorrillero and the kaani among others. They are performed by soloists, duets or ensembles and have no choreography. In addition to a guitar base, indigenous instruments such as kultrun, a percussion instrument that is a conical box that is percuted with a toothpick.

The luncomeo is typical of the Tehuelche-Mapuche people. It is a pantomimic and imitative dance of an exclusively masculine character, which is danced to the tune of kultrun. It is usually associated with ngillatún, the main Mapuche spiritual ceremony, as it is one of the dances performed in its decurso. The kaani is the festival of singing and dancing performed by the Tehuelche people when some important event occurred. Finally, the chorrillero is a mixture of kaani and milonga pampeana or bonaerense, developed naturally in the pre-cordillerana and cordillerana areas.

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