National Cumbia Contest
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.
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.
Eraclides Amaya, researcher, spoke about the Panamanian cumbia.
Victor Zarate from Grupo Melo, a corporate sponsor of the event, also spoke to the audience.
Next, the first contestant started performing.
The jury members carefully evaluated each performance.
A view of another contestant playing his accordion.
Mr. Pastor Falconett, main organizer of the evento, joins the three winners for a picture.
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.