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In the Studio With Los Gauchos de Roldán [Behind the Scenes Documentary]
Walter Roldán and his friends play the traditional dance music of Northern Uruguay. "Como polca suena/la polanquera" features the signature interplay of Roldán's accordion and Chichí Vidiella's bandoneón. Watch as they record their new album, 'Los Gauchos de Roldán: Button Accordion and Bandoneón Music from Northern Uruguay,' at the storied Sondor Estudio in Montevideo, Uraguay. This video also includes interview footage with Roldán, Vidiella, and singer-songwriter Héctor Numa Moraes. 'Los Gauchos de Roldán: Button Accordion and Bandoneón Music from Northern Uruguay' is available on CD and Digital. Stream/download/purchase: Smithsonian Folkways: Spotify: Accordions and guitars have enlivened the social life of cattle-herding gaucho families of Northern Uruguay since the mid-1800s. On 'Los Gauchos de Roldán,' regional musical icon Walter Roldán pumps out time-honored polcas and chotis, Brazilian-tinged maxixas, and more on his button accordion as Chichí Vidiella adds the lush color of the bandoneón. Bernardo Sanguinetti's guitar and Richardo Cunha's percussive, deep-pitched guitarrón immerse the melodies in a rich nest of rhythms and harmonies, which formerly exiled singer-songwriter Numa Moraes treats us to five gems of his repertoire. This album marks the 34th release in the Smithsonian Folkways Tradiciones/Traditions series since 2002. Los Gauchos de Roldán: Facebook: 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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