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...Aldemaro Romero was born the son of a musician on March 12, 1928, in Valençia, Venezuela. Romero’s father earned a living by playing and conducting music for bands in Venezuela’s rural lands. By the age of nine, Romero could play the guitar...

Bandola

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...The bandola is a small flat-backed chordophone found mostly in Colombia and Venezuela. Related to the Spanish bandurria—a 12-string chordophone—this instrument has a pear shape and a short neck. Modern Colombian or Andean bandolas have...

Estribillo

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...The estribillo is the refrain of a musical piece, which may be repeated exactly or with modifications throughout the number. It may be purely instrumental or comprised of a stanza or several lines. Frequently used in several genres of folk...

Onda Nueva

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...Onda nueva (‘New Wave’) is a Venezuelan musical genre created in the early 1970s by noted composer and arranger Aldemaro Romero (1928–2007). The appearance of onda nueva was circumstantial: during the recording...

Arca: Mute’s Mutant

Mute Records : Artists, Business, History

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Everything is a performance, but that just leaves us with the awareness to shape what we desire.Arca (2015b)Historically, the roster of Mute Records has been replete with transgressive musicians with diverse identities, from...

Gaita (Venezuela)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...In Venezuela, gaita is a term used most commonly for a genre of Christmas-season party songs that address history and geography, regional pride, religious devotion and political protest. The word itself is related to the terms for various...

Cuatro

George Torres

George Torres, PhD, is associate professor of music at Lafayette College, Easton, PA, where he teaches courses in music history and literature. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...The term cuatro is used for any of the several varieties of Latin American guitar-type instruments. The word cuatro means four in Spanish, and while it may refer to the number of strings or courses (sets of doubled strings to be stopped...

Calipso Venezolano

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...Calipso venezolano is a style of music used for the Carnival celebrations in Venezuela. The name calipso principally indicates the music that originated from the town of El Callao in the state of Bolívar in the south-east of the country –...

Venezuela

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...The Bolivarian republic of Venezuela is a country in the north of South America. It is bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the north, Brazil to the south, Guyana to the east, and Colombia to the west. The music from Venezuela is relatively...

Arpa (harp)

George Torres

George Torres, PhD, is associate professor of music at Lafayette College, Easton, PA, where he teaches courses in music history and literature. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...The arpa is a stringed instrument that has been constructed and performed in Spain since the Middle Ages. Its arrival and dissemination in Latin America can be traced back to the early decades of the Spanish invasion, when the instrument...