Toronto enjoyed a tour of Latin American folk music

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Oscar Vigil

Toronto, Glen. Toronto lived a bohemian night four Hispanic musicians feasted on a tour of the folk music of Latin America, even though, in fact, most stops were located in Chile and Argentina, with some brief stops in Mexico, in Cuba and Peru.

But despite the limited range of countries in the music program, the event called "Latin American popular song", which it was held at the premises of Free Time Café, a Canadian bar located in the downtown area of ​​the city, it was all a success.

The hall was almost overflowing when exactly the 9 o'clock at night, as good Canadians, four Chilean musicians began playing the strings, to blow flutes and sounding the tabores with typical and recognizable rhythms of South American continent.

They were Marcelo Puente, who was leading, accompanied by Miguel Vásquez, Jose Valverde Sanhueza and Nano, all renowned musicians in the community and beyond, and tannery in the battles of Latin American popular singing artists.

In fact, Marcelo Puente is one of Canadian musicians at the end of the decade 1970 He produced the famous LP "Comrades", in solidarity with the South American political prisoners in those years, music that was forced to use local groups of solidarity with popular movements in Latin America at that time, including El Salvador.

Weekend, these four minstrels played and sang, They sang and played, because the verses were not only expressed in voices, but also through sounds, sounds of horns, of bagpipes and different types of flutes, as well as traditional drums, maracas and a varied repertoire of string instruments, like classical guitar, the charango, four and mandolin.

Atahualpa Yupanqui was obviously on the evening menu, as well as Violeta Parra, you Illimani, Chabuca Granda, surprise, Silvio Rodriguez and Jose Alfredo Jimenez, among the few.

The public, overwhelmingly, It was composed of Chilean, those Chileans who arrived mainly in the early years 70 and vibrating with these authors. But there were other Hispanics from different countries further north of the continent, as well as some Canadian origin.

While Latin American folk music is increasingly popular in this Anglo-Saxon country, it is mainly heard in places where people speak Spanish, are these festivals or restaurants, and still does not reach all the establishments of the "mainstream" Canadian. Mark the border obviously the language barrier.

But nevertheless, weekend, While the melodies were in Spanish, presentations were conducted in English, besides the magic rhythms produce universal language. A) Yes, Toronto had a dream night of Latin American folk music, masterfully interpreted by four of the great musicians available to the Hispanic community in Canada.