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Chamame festival 2018 opens in Argentina with a night of music, dance

The 10-day long festival showcases Chamame, a folk music and dance genre, which might soon find itself on Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

art and culture Updated: Jan 14, 2018 11:32 IST
Indo Asian News Service
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Chamame as a dance form involves natural improvisation during performance, it has ancient Guarani roots and has various versions owing to European and African influences.(Festival Facebook page)

The city of Corrientes in northeastern Argentina came alive with music and dance on Friday night to mark the beginning of the 28th Chamame Festival.

Every year, the 10-day long festival, one of the longest in the calendar of summer festivals in the South American country and one of the most important, showcases Chamame, a folk music and dance genre, which might soon find itself on Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

A total of 1,50,000 people are expected to attend the festival this year. (Festival Facebook page)

“This music and dance genre is the common culture shared by around 30 million people. And common culture is what identifies a nation for what it is,” the art director of the festival, Eduardo Sivori, told Efe news.

Chamame as a dance form involves natural improvisation during performance, it has ancient Guarani roots and has various versions owing to European and African influences.

The lyrics, set to music with guitars, accordions, pianos or bandoneons, speak of beliefs, traditions, love, estrangement, social issues and topics such as discrimination in Corrientes, a part of the country that has never been considered to be especially important.

“Chamame is music and dance inextricably united. Something similar to what happens with tango,” said Sivori, who added that a total of 1,50,000 people are expected to attend the event.

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First Published: Jan 14, 2018 11:31 IST