Bolivian Music

The music of Bolivia has a long history. Out of all the Andean countries, Bolivia remains perhaps the most culturally linked to the indigenous peoples. Like most of its neighbors, Bolivia was long dominated by Spain and its attendant culture. Even after independence, Bolivian music was largely based on European forms. In 1952, a revolution established nationalistic reforms which included cultural and political awareness of the Aymara, Quechua, Guarani, and many other ethnic groups (more than 30). Bolivia is a very diverse country (geographically, culturally, and ethnically), this diversity is expressed also in the kind of music that is played in every region. In the Andean region of La Paz, Oruro, and Potosi, musicians have created beautiful tunes called Sicuriada, Tonada, Tinku, etc. Some of the musical groups that play these kinds of tunes are Wara, Aymara, Altiplano, Rhupay, Kanata, Paja Brava, Markasata, etc. The Andean instruments used are zampoña, sicus, pinquillo, quena, charango, tarka, toyos, pututu, huancara, reco reco, Andean saxophone, and drums. In the Valley region of Cochabamba, Chuquisaca, and Tarija; Cueca, Huayño, Bailecito, Kullawada, Chacarera, etc are the music; the instruments to create these melodies are charango, quena, guitar, charangón, hualaycho, zampoña, drums, sheep hooves formed into a kind of shaker, violin, and accordion; the musical groups of this style of music are Savia Andina, Los K’jarkas, Kalamarka, Taricanto, Canarios del Chaco, and many others. In the Tropical regions of Santa Cruz, Beni, and Pando are played Taquirari, Cumbia, Chacarera,Toritos, etc; the instruments utilized are violin, guitar, drum, cornet, horn, and accordion. Las Cambitas, Trio Oriental, Los Benianos, Los del Pirai, etc are the most representative musical groups. In the African Bolivian region (Yungas); Saya, Semba, Lament, Tuntuna, Taki Taki are the kinds of music; the instruments to create these tunes are drums, timbales, and ronroco. In the Amazon region (east part of the country) is cultivated the Baroque music. And in general, the urban areas of the country are the places of many kinds of musical expressions; classical, Andean jazz, Latin rock, pop, cumbia, samba, etc.

Movie Night!

Get ready for an evening of fun!!  This Thursday, wonderful Language Assistant Ivan will be showing the film También La Lluvia (Even the Rain), open to all.  The film takes place in Bolivia during the water riots, and provides an in-depth view into the politics and culture of Bolivia.  It is highly rated on the site Rotten Tomatoes–a full description can be viewed here.

The viewing will be held in Ford 102 Kremer Board Room, at 7pm.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday! Spanish Movie Night: Love in the Time of Cholera

Based on one of the most successful novels by Nobel Prize Winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez
How long would you wait for love?
The spanish Department presents…

“Love in the Time of Cholera”

Directed by Mike Newell
Starring Javier Barden, Giovanna Mezzogiorno & Benjamin Pratt
Music by Shakira & Antonio Pinto
Place: Kremer Board Room
Time: October 10th 7pm
Free pop corn and drinks

Check out the trailer below!

EVEN THE RAIN [También la lluvia]


EVEN THE RAIN [También la lluvia]

Icíar Bollaín / 104 min. / 2011

7:00 PM Ford Theater

Presented by Dr. Bill Smaldone, Professor of History and Chair of Latin American Studies

Filmmaker Sebastián (Gael García Bernal) and his cynical producer Costa (Luis Tosar) arrive in Cochabamba, Bolivia to make a film about Columbus’s voyage to the New World and the subjugation of the indigenous population. Just as filming begins, the natives face a crisis when the government privatizes the water company and prices skyrocket. Daily protests erupt, and the local man cast as a rebellious sixteenth-century Taino chief also becomes a leader in the water hike protests.

AMERIKANUAK: Spanish Film Festival Series



Nacho Reig / 92 min. / 2011

Ford Theater 7:00 PM

Presented by Dr. Bob H. Reinhardt, Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Environmental & Earth Sciences

More than half a century ago many Basques left Spain to look for a better life working as sheepherders in the American West. In Amerikanuak, Nacho Reig looks at the lives of some of the last remaining Basque sheepherders in the United States. The documentary takes place under the vast blue skies and bleak, but beautiful winter landscape of the small town of Elko, Nevada.




Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal and Tono Errando / 94 min. / 2012


Presented by Dr. Roy Pérez, Assistant Professor of English, American Ethnic Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies

Oscar®-winning director Fernando Trueba (The Age of Beauty) and famous artist Javier Mariscal, have teamed up to make Chico & Rita, an animated love story starring the music, culture and people of Cuba. Chico is a dashing piano player and Rita is an enchanting and beautiful Havana nightclub singer. When they meet, the sparks fly and they fall madly in love. An epic romance unfolds as the pair travels the glamorous stages of 1940s/1950s Havana, New York City, Las Vegas, Hollywood and Paris.

La Yuma- Spanish Film Festival on Friday


Florence Jaugey / 91 min. / 2011


Presented by Dr. John Uggen, Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies

Nicaragua’s first full-length feature in 20 years, La Yuma tells the story of a young woman who dreams of transcending her bleak life in the slums of Managua by becoming a boxer. Looking beyond the meager possibilities that seem available to her (and ignoring the advice of her gang-member friends), she finds solace and hope in her training and falls in love with a middle-class journalism student.