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La Sardina de Naiguatá


Venezuela's Caribbean coastal town of Naiguata is home to one of that country's most celebrated Carnival musical traditions. In the 1970s, trumpeter Ricardo Diaz modernized the local legacy of Afro-Venezuelan drumming traditions with brass, electric bass, keyboard, and women's chorus to create La Sardina de Naiguatá, the musical group that drives the town's annual cycle of public celebrations, including Carnival, Corpus Christi, and St. John the Baptist. Parranda! brings us the contemporary, joyous sounds of the rite of 'burying the sardine' which marks the beginning of Lent and the transition between the licentiousness of Carnival and the spiritual absorption of Holy Week. La Sardina’s tour is made possible by the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Chevron Corporation and the Venezuelan Sounds Foundation.

Watch Past Performances

Video 7/5/2012: La Sardina de Naiguatá

The pioneering 13-piece band led by visionary Ricardo Díaz fuses traditional Venezuelan parranda music with more diverse and progressive instrumentation. Part of the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

La Sardina de Naiguatá