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Musical Instruments

All sorts of traditional musical instruments made in Panama.

[Thumnail: Accordion contest in Panama]

National Cumbia Contest

By: Marino Jaén Espinosa

Accordion competition that takes place at the town of Guarare. [More]

[Thumbnail: Socavon, a traditional guitar-like instrument of Panama.]

The Socavon

By: Marino Jaén Espinosa

A handmade, four-string traditional guitar from Panama. [More]

[Thumbnail: Contestants of the Climaco Batista Violin Contest]

More Folklore Contests Held During the Recent Santa Librada Feast

By: Rafael Batista Pérez

Contests include competitions of music instruments making, violin playing and cutarras making. [More]

[Thumbnail: Panamanian churuca and scraper]

What is a churuca?

By: Marino Jaén Espinosa

This is one of the better known traditional panamanian instruments. [More]

[Thumbnail: Turtle's shell used as a drum by the Embera people]

Traditional Embera Music Instruments

By: Marino Jaén Espinosa

The Embera have been making music for centuries with these traditional instruments. [More]

[Thumbnail: Technician fixing an accordion]

How to Repair an Accordion

By: Lorenita

This is a very frequent process that is performed to guarantee a quality sound. [More]

[Thumbnail: Head of a mejoranera]

The Mejoranera

By: Marino Jaén Espinosa

This is the better known Panamanian guitar. [More]

[Thumbnail: Drums at the Guarare Contest]

Adult and Children Drumb Contests

By: Marino Jaén Espinosa

Pictures from two contests held at Guarare each year. [More]

[Thumbnail: Accordion being played]

Accordion Contest Gelo Cordoba in the Town of Guarare

By: Marino Jaén Espinosa

This is the most prestigious accordion contest in Panama. [More]

[Thumbnail: Traditional Panamanian two-skin drum]

Handmade Traditional Music Instruments Contest

By: Marino Jaén Espinosa

This contest was held in Las Tablas and involved many handcrafted types of guitars, drums and violins. [More]

[Thumbnail: Close up of  violin]

Climaco Batista Violin Contest

By: Marino Jaén Espinosa

This is the most prestigious violin contest in the Republic of Panama. [More]

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