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October 2014

Music workshop in Bolivia: the story of a poncho and a zampoña   (published in Bolivia)

October 3, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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When music is so intertwined to cultural expressions of a country, the best mean to widen your comprehension of such place is to get in touch with local rhythms and tunes.

Bolivia falls perfectly on the description above since each indigenous group coexisting in this country comes attached to a wide range of melodic variations not to mention the sounds that result of the meeting between cultures.

Because of that, Projects Abroad Bolivia organizes from time to time music workshops to offer a different perspective of the country to volunteers in destination. Sometimes the instrument chosen is a tarka (a rustic Andean flute), charango (similar to a small guitar), or zampoña (Andean pan flute) depending on the public preferences.

We hadn't organized a music workshop for a while, so we arranged one this week to welcome our coworker from South Africa, Justine McCarthy.


Justine and volunteers in destination were given a poncho to get into the proper zone to play a zampoña, and then Freddy, our music supervisor, introduce them to the basics of this wind instrument.

Though it was a bit hard to figure out how to get the sounds desired from the tubular instrument, little by little everybody was able to get the tune taught.


Who would have guessed the poncho power when learning how to play a zampoña!

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Music workshop in Bolivia: the story of a poncho and a zampoña