"Retrocumbia de Colombia"
With cumbia big band Maguare, jazz singer Paola Marquez is rediscovering her Colombian roots in the electrifying dance rhythms of the cumbia. Throughout the years, this genre has influenced Latin-American music, and is now conquering the rest of the world as well. Cumbia is derived from the Guinean word Cumbe, which stands for celebration. No wonder a concert by Maguare guarantees a latin party on stage time and again.
Maguare consists of a five piece brass section with musicians of a.o. Lady Linn, Proyecto Secreto, the Whodads and Excelsior. Percussionists Gabriel Valeria (Chile), Fanor Blanco and Eliecer "che che" Narvaez (Colombia) act as rhythm section. They play traditional percussion instruments like the tambora, tambor alegre, llamador and maracas, whereas double bass, piano, organ and accordion complete the line-up. Together, they bring a mix of Afro-Colombian music in the style of Toto de La Momposina and the 60ies dancehall cumbia de Lucho Bermudez and Lito Barrientos.
The Indians of the Amazone area use the maguare for communication over long distances, especially the Huitotos, Sionas and Kofanes, who live between the rivers Putumayo and Caqueta. Maguare are cylindrical drums, made of two big hollow tree trunks. They are played with rubber-tipped wooden mallets. By the tempo and intensity of the sound, the natives can identify the call of neighboring tribes, who use the drum to send warning signals or other messages. Maguare can be heard for several miles. They are also used for ceremonial purposes, to gather people and announce ceremonial dances and other rituals.