Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

¡Canta Con Venezuela! / Sing with Venezuela!

Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

¡Canta Con Venezuela! / Sing with Venezuela!

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SOUTH AMERICA ¡Canta con Venezuela! /Sing with Venezuela! 2014. Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40566. Recorded at Sonidos Guayana, Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela, 9-12 January 2012. Mastered by Charlie Pilzer. Annotated by Daniel E. Sheehy. Produced by Patricia Abdelnour and Daniel E. Sheehy. 40-page booklet with notes in English and Spanish. Spanish translation by Patricia Abdelnour. Colour and b/w photographs, map. CD, 16 tracks (63:52).

Smithsonian Folkways is contributing once more to public awareness of the world's musical diversity through this recording of a popular Venezuelan group, well known inside and outside of their country. Serenata Guayanesa has been active for forty-five years, and three of the seven founding members are still part of the group today. During their long history, the group's repertoire has been dedicated to Venezuelan music, and they have also maintained their configuration as a men's vocal quartet and instrumental ensemble. But, of course, there have been changes that we can appreciate with this production, which is a panorama of their artistic life.

The sixteen tracks encompass the principal music regions, but with significant representation of the Guayana area in the south of the country (tracks 1, 6, 7, 11, 12, 15). …

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