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Accordion Contest Gelo Cordoba in the Town of Guarare


[Every year, a sizable group of accordion players joins the contest.]

Every year, a sizable group of accordion players joins the contest.


[Each contestant plays two songs in the first round.]

Each contestant plays two songs in the first round.


[Famous accordion players serve as the jury.]

Famous accordion players serve as the jury.


[Contestants must wear a traditional Panamanian attire.]

Contestants must wear a traditional Panamanian attire.


[The festival queen attends the contest.]

The festival queen attends the contest.


[A view of another performer playing the accordion]

A view of another performer playing the accordion


[Each contestant is accompanied by traditional instruments during the performances.]

Each contestant is accompanied by traditional instruments during the performances.


[After the first round, some of the members of the jury usually play a song.]

After the first round, some of the members of the jury usually play a song.


[A big crowd follows each turn of the contest.]

A big crowd follows each turn of the contest.


[Amable, Gelo Cordoba's grandson, algo played a song in this yearly tribute to his grandfather.]

Amable, Gelo Cordoba's grandson, algo played a song in this yearly tribute to his grandfather.


[The queen of the festival usually dances to some of the songs performed by the special guests.]

The queen of the festival usually dances to some of the songs performed by the special guests.


[One of the recent winners with his prize, a brand-new luxury accordion.]

One of the recent winners with his prize, a brand-new luxury accordion.


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2004-09-28

Every year, many contestant enter this event. The winners have to battle with a field of many talented accordion players from different cities and towns of the Republic of Panama.

The contest is held in honor of Gelo Cordoba, the pioneer of accordion music in Panama.


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