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Afro-Latin American Music: Chirimía

Chirimía is a brass band-based genre of music with its genesis in the department of Chocó on the Pacific Coast of Colombia. It developed from colonial-era military bands that would mix European popular music of the time such as contradanza, mazurka, and polka; with local forms of Afro-Chocoano music, namely the abozao. The main instrument used is an oboe-like woodwind instrument called a chirimía, which lends its name to the genre. Other typical instruments include the euphonium, cymbals, and snare drums. The chirimía is mostly commonly associated with the feasts of San Pacho, a month long series of festivities in honor of the patron saint of Chocó.

January 24, 2016

Today In History

‘Arturo Schomburg born January 24, 1874, was a Puerto Rican historian, writer, and activist in the United States who researched and raised awareness of the great contributions that Afro-Latin Americans and Afro-Americans have made to society. Aurthur was known as the “Sherlock Holmes” of Negro History.’

(photo: Arturo Schomburg)

- CARTER Magazine