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11 Jul 2005
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Traditional Amerindian music and songs

On 16 and 17 July, after Brazil and its capoeira, the Olympic Museum will remain in South America to explore the traditional music and songs of the Amerindian peoples. The group Yaki Kandru will introduce visitors to the strange and unusual Inuit, Yaqui, Yecuana, Noanama and Ona repertoires.

Yaki Kandru

The present form of the group Yaki Kandru dates from 1994, when its founder, Jorge López Palacio, in exile in France, was joined by Sylvie Blasco from the world of dance. Both got involved in composition using the vocal techniques and musical rules of the Amerindians in which, exploiting the sculptural value of their instruments, they range from traditional songs and compositions to the realm of contemporary music.
The creator: Jorge López Palacio
He is a painter, singer and anthropologist. In 1970, at the National University of Colombia, he created the group Yaki Kandru to study and publicise Amerindian music and cultures. With this group, present at all levels of Colombian cultural life, from the big theatres of Bogotá to the Indian communities just starting the fight for their rights, from universities to working class areas, he gave hundreds of concerts and recorded several albums. For ten years, he taught vocal techniques at the National School of Dramatic Art in Bogotá. Since 1982, he has lived in Paris, and continues to teach anthropology and ethnomusicology in Switzerland and France.
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