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Cultural Selection

The Spanish Empire took pains to build a colonial system with no room for intellectual or industrial development. Everything was forbidden: gatherings, travel between provinces, free trade, printing, and above all, reading books. (There was no printing press in Venezuela … Continue reading

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Varadero 1983

Cuban movie clips from the 1950s with Benny Moré or La Matancera present us with cabaret situations where singers display their roguery to seduce beautiful women who dance like goddesses (or devils). The plots almost always involve a wealthy gentleman … Continue reading

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Hades

Semiology considers all of human speech as a great text that is analyzed in the way Don Quixote is analyzed. All the sounds of a social group can also be dissected, like the work of Mozart in a class of … Continue reading

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1984 / Ensamble Gurrufío

Ensamble Gurrufío has a truckload of energy, historically required to take the music of Venezuelan family patio gatherings onto the street and beyond. In the 1950s and ’60s, spaces dominated by tropical orchestral music had to make way for a … Continue reading

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Molecular Cumbia

Last Sunday, the cultural radio station in Caracas advertised a program on the new musical movement in Colombia. In the colorful list of groups, I recognized La Mojarra Eléctrica and Puerto Candelaria – the first serves fried cumbia in a … Continue reading

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Hamilton

Some years ago, a Scottish count whom the local population couldn’t locate on the Richter scale caused an earthquake in the small universe of Venezuelan guitar. A free spirit and fine guitarist obsessed with music, Peter Hamilton fell in love … Continue reading

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Musicarte

Today (September 6, 2009), three months have passed since the unexpected death in Montréal of Alejandro Rodríguez, a vital figure in the national musical world of the last two decades. As often happens, those who carry out work that is … Continue reading

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