Fiesta de la Virgen en El Carmen, Chincha, Peru

Vamos a la Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen, Peru Dr. Amor en el Carmen, Peru Street in El Carmen, Peru Bar en El Carmen, Peru La Tienda en el Carmen, Peru Preparing for la Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen, Peru Cleaning the House El Festival de la Virgen, El Carmen, Peru Violin Player leading a Parade in El Carmen, Peru Placa Central. El Carmen, Peru The Houses are destroyed be an earthquake Kitchen in El Carmen Girls dancing at the Festival del Carmen, Peru Spectators standing at the Door Girls dancing in different houses in El Carmen, Peru Watching the Parades in front of the House Boy ringing the Bell and dancing the Hatajo de Negritos, Ica, Peru Hatajo de Negritos, Ica, Peru Violin Player Pedro Manuel Fajardo El Atajo de la Familia Fajardo Violin Player Pedro Manuel Fajardo Dancing the Hatajo de Negritos, Ica, Peru La Virgen del Carmen Violin Player Pedro Manuel Fajardo Chevo Ballumbrosio tocando el cajon con sus amigos Tocando el Cajon, El Carmen, Peru La Casa Ballumbrosio preparando por la Fiesta del Carmen, Peru Un Cancion por la Fiesta del Carmen, Peru Chevo Ballumbrosio A Parade at the Fiesta de la Carmen, Peru La Virgen del Carmen Girl at the Parade of the Festival of the Virgin, El Carmen, Peru Parade of the Festival of the Virgin, El Carmen, Peru Girl dancing in a house at the Fiesta del Virgen, El Carmen, Peru Girls dancing and singing in a house at the Fiesta del Virgen, El Carmen, Peru Procession of the Virgin, El Carmen, Peru At the Curch La Virgen in front of the Church, El Carmen, Peru Popcorn at the Fiesta de la Virgen, El Carmen, Peru Dancing at the Fiesta de la Virgen, El Carmen, Peru Dancing at the Fiesta de la Virgen, El Carmen, Peru Dancing at the Fiesta de la Virgen, El Carmen, Peru Dancing at the Fiesta de la Virgen, El Carmen, Peru

 

In El Carmen you get Afro-Peruvian music and dance. The black presence in this area remains strong today. The town of El Carmen in Chincha is a  community where African traditions are complemented by indigenous practices to form unique cultural and artistic expressions.

The hatajos were originally composed only of boys and men but some now include girls.   They dance accompanied by a violin which is played by the group’s leader.  In addition to the violin, the dancers themselves have bells or sometimes, a string of bells.  The traditional Afro-Peruvian form of fancy footwork, called zapateo, is also an integral part of the dancing.  It reminds me very much of our Schuhplattler in Bavaria. Very funny! Plus the members of the group often sing as they dance. Taken together, the violin, bells, footwork and singing provide an ample musical accompaniment.

This is the place where the music instrument cajon comes from! No, it does not come from Spain, it comes right from this place. One theory posits that slaves simply used boxes as musical instruments to combat contemporary Spanish colonial bans on music in predominantly African areas; In this way, cajones could easily be disguised as seats or stools, thus avoiding identification as musical instruments.

Everyone there was affected by the earthquake.

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