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6 Fun Facts About Joropo

Join us Sunday, October 6 for a celebration of Venezuelan culture! Story Time takes place at 11 am featuring books by Venezuelan authors read by Ana Carmela Ramirez. Interactive performances and workshops with Ana Carmela RamirezDaniel Prim, and Gabriel Gchakarji will take place at 12 pm and 2 pm. They will be sharing musical styles of Venezuela on keyboard, drums, and the Venezuelan Cuatro.

Our Sound Booth workshop for the day features joropo music! Get ready to celebrate with 6 Fun Facts about joropo below.

1. The world of Venezuelan music is vast and varied. From salsa to merengue, Venezuela is the music capital of the world.

2. Perhaps the most iconic genre of music from Venezuela is joropo. It is similar to the fandango and has a distinct dance.

3. Joropo is an old fashioned word that means “party” but it is now known as a dance and music style beloved by Venezuelans.

4. The musical style combines South American, African and European musical elements. Common instruments used are the llanera harp or mandolin, the maracas, and a Cuatro — a special Venezuelan guitar with four strings.

5. Since 1882, joropo has been the national dance of Venezuela! It’s a couples dance that features 36 steps.

6. “Alma Llanera” is a well-know joropo song, and is considered the unofficial national anthem of Venezuela.

This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. 


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