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Ana Veydó on How Women Have Changed the Face of Música Ilanera [Interview Video]
In the plains of eastern Colombia, men have long sung to accompany their tasks of herding and milking cows. Consequently, música llanera (plains music) has a masculine character, and its themes draw from the male-dominated cattle-herding lifestyle. Yet today, one of the most renowned música llanera singers is a woman: Ana Veydó. Veydó is one of the few female singers that follow the recio (robust, coarse) style of joropo singing usually associated with the male voice. Here, Veydó discusses the influence of feminine voices in música llanera. 'Sí, soy llanero: Joropo Music from the Orinoco Plains of Colombia' is available on CD and digital. Stream/download/purchase: Smithsonian Folkways: Spotify: The lively sounds of traditional joropo music can be found throughout the plains of Colombia and Venezuela. Created by ranching people with a love of cattle, horses, music, and dance, the joropo's driving rhythm and percussive stringed instrument sound draw from centuries-old Spanish, African, and New World musical traditions that contributed to the region's unique mestizo (mixed) culture. The music reflects the pride the plains people have in their history and culture. Here, Grupo Cimarrón, a "supergroup" of Colombia's finest joropo musicians, perform "Y soy llanero" (And I Am a Plainsman), a song that extols and romanticizes the plains and its cattle ranchers. Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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