These Latin American museums will take you on a journey through the history of music in some countries of the region
One of the favorite pastimes of many people is listening to music. After all, this is a pleasant and even fun activity to hang out and relax. Although it varies depending on the taste of each person and the moment, who has not gone from listening to J Balvin's most recent hit to listening to one of those old boleros that fill you with feeling?
Beyond a hobby, music is a form of artistic expression that, regardless of your place of origin or the language you speak, manages to touch your soul and takes you on a journey through the senses. In fact, Latin America and the Caribbean is the cradle of many musical genres and artists that have crossed borders and that build the identity of this region.
Therefore, here we present some Latin American museums dedicated to music that you have to know.
Julio Jaramillo Popular Music Museum, Ecuador
If you walk through the colorful streets of Guayaquil, also known as "the pearl of the Pacific", you will find the Julio Jaramillo Popular Music Museum. This museum is a space "dedicated to honoring the glories of the Guayasan musical art, through composers, authors, and performers, to whom the collective sentiment proclaimed their favorites". Here, you can find from different musical objects to black and white, sepia and color photographs, which will take you on a historical journey through the customs and traditions of this region.
According to the official website of the museum, this "starts in the first school of music founded in our city (1892) and is marking the evolution of musical art and its most popular cultists throughout the twentieth century, until the year of the death of" "Ruiseñor de América" (1978) It also includes a historical vision of the phonographic industry in the world and in Ecuador, highlighting the contribution of the pioneers of local broadcasting and the national record industry ".
Museum of the Song Yucateca, Mexico
The archaeological zone of Chichén Itzá is not the only tourist attraction you will find if you visit the beautiful city of Mérida, one of the oldest cities in Mexico. Located in the state of Yucatan, ancient cradle of the Mayan civilization, the "white city" is home to several museums among which are the Museum of the Yucatecan Song. According to the official website, this is a space whose goal is "to rescue, preserve, promote and disseminate the Yucatec song, making its creators known: authors, poets, composers and interpreters from Yucatan, to national and international society."
The museum is composed of eight rooms in which you will find different exhibitions about Yucatecan music, from pre-Hispanic times to the present day. In addition, here we highlight several Yucatecan poets, troubadours, and composers, whose oil paintings are hung on the walls of this space dedicated to the music of Yucatan. Cirilo Baqueiro Preve, Guty Cárdenas, Armando Manzanero, Rosario Sansores, Angelica Balado, are some examples of this. Here you can also attend different events. On the second and last Wednesday of each month, for example, musical presentations are made.
Museum of the Samba, Brazil
Samba, one of the most emblematic musical genres of Brazil, also has its museum. It is the Samba Museum, which is located in the city of Rio de Janeiro. According to the official website, the Samba Museum is "the largest center of reference for the samba in Brazil". For his part, in his Facebook account, it is explained that this is an "organization to appreciate and stimulate the culture of the samba in all its manifestations and dimensions".
This museum seeks the "recognition and safeguarding of the samba as intangible heritage, in addition to developing educational actions and advocating for more space in society for the samba, its memory and the owners of those assets", explains the social network. However, this is not just an educational and dissemination space for one of the most recognized genres in the world. At the Samba Museum, you can also attend various events, such as seminars, film debates, and live shows.
Museum of Musical Instruments, Bolivia
La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, is home to a museum dedicated to music. It is the Museum of Musical Instruments, a place that preserves around 2000 musical instruments "of diverse origins of Bolivia and the world, also pre-Hispanic, exhibited in 10 rooms," explains the Museo Data. This collection belongs to the Ecuadorian singer-songwriter and charango player Ernesto Cavour who, in addition to creating the museum, has invented several instruments found in it.
According to the same media, here you can find "Bolivian instruments in chordophones, membranophones and ideophones, aerophones, innovations, pre-Hispanic, other musical artifacts, documents and musical records of yesteryear, musical instruments of the world similar and not analogous." In addition, you will have the opportunity to perform other activities that are offered here, such as musical instrument classes and guides. In the same way, you can attend other events, such as musical spaces and presentations by its founder.
LatinAmerican Post | Diana Rojas Leal
Translated from '¡Que viva la música! Museos latinoamericanos que te transportarán a un mundo musical'