History Of Joropo

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Joropo of Venezuela vs. Novena de casa of Brazil It had been suggested that the genuine root of culture has cultivated traditions. For different nationalities traditions are the most popular form of self–expression. When people listen to their own traditional music or dance their cultural dances, show their rituals or share their food with others, they give a voice not only to their souls, hearts and thoughts, but also to their traditions, morals and manners. For Venezuela, one of the most important reproduction of their culture and their traditions is Joropo, which is a folkloric and popular genre with many regional variants that is performed at rural dance occasions where friends and relatives come …show more content…

In Venezuela and Colombian territories, the Joropo is formed as a significance of national identity and traditional self-expression. Consequently to the history of Joropo in Bloomsbury encyclopedia of popular music of the world, the term Joropo described a rural event until the second half of the twentieth century, when the Llanero version began to include both rural Joropo for fiestas (parties) and the urban Joropo for concert and stage performances. During the dictatorship of Perez Jimenez, the Joropo was declared a symbol of nation and nationalism because of the perceived strong and combative nature of the people represented in the dance and as a result its discussion gained great support. The urban Joropo, since it entered the radio waves, became to be recorded commercially, presented in major music shows and used for political expression, commercial jingles and since 1990 in music videos as well. The Joropo Llanero enjoyed such huge acceptance that nowadays its structures and its lively expression are used as a symbol of Venezuelan identity by academic composers, staged folklore groups, dance companies and others. Aforetime, the Spanish word Joropo meant "a party or a soiree", but now the meaning of the word gained more power and is defined as a style of music and dance that identifies Venezuelans. Thereby, Joropo, a Venezuelan and Colombian genre, began as an ordinary activity that joined people around music and dances, food and socialization and later on it developed into popular music with both regional and national self-expression, traditional and entertaining significance, maintaining only some musical structures of the Llanero variant in tasca contexts, concerts, festivals, occasions and competitions. According to the parameters of defining a genre in Revista Musical de Venezuela, since the mid-1950s Joropo became wide spread in both private and public spaces and of high impact on social

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