Based on Afro-Peruvian songs, Festejo is a festive and rhythmic celebration. The title invokes Peru’s most popular folk rhythm which was brought to life by salves who were working in the mines and fields of Peru. Composer Diana Saez has become well known as someone who brings authentic style to the music of Latin America for choirs and this is another shining example.
The word festejo means celebration in Spanish. Festejo is also the name of one of Peru’s most popular folk rhythms. This rhythm, which is also a dance, was created by the African population living along the Pacific coast of Lima, the capital of Peru, who had been brought to work as slaves in the mines and fields. The festejo has a festive character and is usually accompanied by the cajón, the guitar and the donkey jaw.
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