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National Cumbia Contest


[Before the contest, there is a parade of agricultural machinery as a celebration of the Municipality of Guarare.]

Before the contest, there is a parade of agricultural machinery as a celebration of the Municipality of Guarare.


[The introductory show included several performances by mejorana players.]

The introductory show included several performances by mejorana players.


[Folk dances were also featured in the cultural program for the afternoon.]

Folk dances were also featured in the cultural program for the afternoon.


[Violin and mejoranera, two of Panama's most traditional instruments performed together at the stage.]

Violin and mejoranera, two of Panama's most traditional instruments performed together at the stage.


[Eraclides Amaya, researcher, spoke about the Panamanian cumbia.]

Eraclides Amaya, researcher, spoke about the Panamanian cumbia.


[Victor Zarate from Grupo Melo, a corporate sponsor of the event, also spoke to the audience.]

Victor Zarate from Grupo Melo, a corporate sponsor of the event, also spoke to the audience.


[Next, the first contestant started performing.]

Next, the first contestant started performing.


[The jury members carefully evaluated each performance.]

The jury members carefully evaluated each performance.


[A view of another contestant playing his accordion.]

A view of another contestant playing his accordion.


[Mr. Pastor Falconett, main organizer of the evento, joins the three winners for a picture.]

Mr. Pastor Falconett, main organizer of the evento, joins the three winners for a picture.


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2016-02-02

Every year, on January 21st, the town of Guarare celebrates another anniversary of achieving municipality status in 1880. There is a cumbia contest among the activities held around this event.

For this contest, several accordion players perform traditional Panamanian songs and are evaluated by a jury. This event serves as venue for preserving the authenticity of our folk music and as an incentive for young people to learn to practice our Panamanian cultural heritage.


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