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Panama

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Kacey Larrabee

on 18 December 2012

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Kacey Larrabee Tamborito Panama is located in Central America





The Tamborito is the national dance of Panama and dates back to the 17th century The Tamborito is preformed to the beat of drums, clapping of hands, stomping of feet, and chanting of harmonic poems Panama The dance is a mixture of mestizo dance and folklore music The folklore music is a mix of Spanish, Indian, and African culture Tamborito translates into "little drum" The cantalante, female singer,
leads the group by singing lyrics of pleasure and anguish The crowd claps and sings Spanish poems Musical Composition The percussion of the Tamborito consists of three drums, the caja, puja, and repicador They are made from hollowed trees and tanned cowhide Traditional Drums The caja drum is the smallest of the three and is used to make staccato tones The puja drum creates the base The repicador makes high pitched notes The Dance The dance is between a man and a women It begins with the clapping of the crowd and the playing of the percussion band To start the female dancer will courtesy three times and the male will kneel three times The dance is a series of shuffling steps The women sways her skirt in a provocative way while the man positions his arms in a protective way The dance ends with a bow from both the man and women Traditional Clothing The women wear an embroidered gown, called La Pollera This dress is only worn on festival occasions It is made with many colors and intricate designs The neckline of the dress is handmade lace They wear velvet heel-less shoes and a gold headpiece which is meant to resemble a crown Traditional Clothing Men wear an outfit called El Montuno It usually consists of a long sleeved, white collard shirt, which is loose on the performer Their pants are made from black, navy, or white cotton They wear a straw hat and leather shoes The capitol is Panama City They have a population of 3,571,185 Panama has a very tropical climate, and only 2 seasons, rainy and dry They are famous for the Panama Canal which connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean Famous Tamborito Musicians The most famous tamborito is "El tambor de la alegria" Which translates into "the drum of happiness" It was written in 1918 by Juan Pastor Paredes and the music was done by Carmen Lagnon Another famous one is "Guarare" written by Ricardo Fabrega His mother taught him piano, and he composed over 100 songs
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