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Venezuelan Joropo Stands Out at Important US Music Festival

(Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States, July 3, 2009). This Thursday the Venezuelan group Maestros del Joropo Oriental again filled the dance floor of the Folkways Salon at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in the US Capital. In this new concert, the Maestros del Joropo Oriental shared the stage with the Mexican group Mariachi los Camperos de Nati Cano and the Salvadoran group Chanchona Los Hermanos Lovo, who offered a varied repertoire of cumbia and ranchera.
 
“It fills us with satisfaction that our groups can project the wealth of Venezuelan music, and with each song we get the US audience on its feet. That shows the quality of Venezuelan talent that succeeds in establishing communication between cultures,” expressed Dayana Frontado, coordinator of the Venezuelan Center for Cultural Diversity.
 
The support of the Venezuelan Center for Cultural Diversity, the Venezuelan Ministry of Culture, the Chevron Corporation, and the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Status made possible the participation of those groups in the sixth edition of the concert series “Venezuelan Sounds.”
 
Venezuela also participated in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, one of the most important folkloric festivals in the United States, with the Afro-Venezuelan musical group Cumaco. Both Venezuelan groups filled the room with applause during the program “The Americas, a Musical World.” It is the first time that Venezuela has participated in this well known festival.
 
"Long live Venezuela!"
 
In a historic event, this summer, the Smithsonian, with the support of the Venezuelan Center for Cultural Diversity, is releasing the CD “¡Y Que Viva Venezuela!: Maestros del Joropo Oriental”. This production is part of the series “Traditions” produced by the Smithsonian Folkways record label since 2002. It is the first time that the series includes popular Venezuelan music.
 
The tour of the Maestros del Joropo Oriental continues with shows at Chicago’s Folk and Roots Festival and the Festival Betances in Boston.

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