Bolivian Folk Music

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Folk music originated from many cultures around the world one of them being Bolivia. It is in the continent of South of America and is located in the Andes Mountains. It has uphills, downhills and also many tropical areas. La Paz, the capital of Bolivia is known for being the highest capital in the world. Like many Andean countries, Bolivia has the same history of colonization from Spain, and our culture was affected greatly affected by slavery that came from Africa. So the folk and traditional music of Bolivia is mixture of Spanish music, Afro music and the music of Indigenous people who lived in Bolivia before colonization. This music has it 's own diversity and it 's total bounded to the dance styles and rhythms in Bolivia and it 's furnished…show more content…
The saya originates in the Bolivian Yungas region among the country 's small Afrobolivian community. The main instruments used are the drum and the flute. The men chant "coplas" (a 4-versed poem) and the women repeat them, all while dancing very sensuously. It blends ancient rhythms brought by former slaves from their African homeland with traditional Andean flutes and dance steps. The music is called the saya but the dance is called "Negritos". The saya is the music style plagiarized by Brazilian singer "Kaoma" who renamed it and made it known around the world in the 1980 's as the famous "lambada" this song was originally from Kjarkas, a famous folk Bolivian band. Another common folk music is “caporal” means “foreman” or “ranch manager” in Spanish. This is one of the best known Bolivian music types around the world. It has its origins in the “saya”, from the Yungas region North of La Paz. It’s almost the same as the saya but the costumes worn and the meaning of the dance are different. This well-known traditional Bolivian dance parodies the mulatto overseers who managed the large Colonial haciendas on behalf of their Spanish and creole owners; because of this, the whip and the clothing that was traditionally used by the landowners are part of the dance
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