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Ecos de Borinquen - "El Cuatro" [Live Performance Video]
Música jíbara comes from the mountain regions of Puerto Rico. The style is rooted in music brought to the island by early settlers from Andalusia and Extremadura in southern and western Spain during the 17th century. Through its dynamic sense of poetry and the use of age-old instruments, música jíbara evokes a traditional Spanish heritage. The Puerto Rican group Ecos de Borinquen was founded in 1978 to bring the traditional sounds of jíbaro's past into the present. Their song "El Cuatro" references the importance of the cuatro, an instrument unique to música jíbara and Puerto Rico. 'Jíbaro Hasta el Hueso: Mountain Music of Puerto Rico by Ecos de Borinquen' is available on CD and digital. Stream/download/purchase: Smithsonian Folkways: Spotify: The resurgence of cultural and racial pride in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s had a parallel in Puerto Rico—so much so that today, the mere sound of música jíbara can provoke a cheer of cultural and national pride. In the forward-looking words of the young singer on this recording, Karol Aurora De Jesús Reyes, the music "Will make us shine around the world, until the people hear the music and say, 'Look, that is the music of Puerto Rico.' It's the music of my country, that which represents us and that which identifies us as a people." Leader Miguel Santiago Díaz hand-picked this group of virtuosic instrumentalists to let the music to shine at its brightest. 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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