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sábado, agosto 15, 2015





Since the 18th century the arrival of Christianity in this land of religious beliefs has been part of life in the community of Old Providence and Santa Catalina Island, a community located in the Caribbean Sea dedicated to serving God.

Music has contributed to the education of our community true the churches these practices are the worship with music to God, and from early youth and adults are part of the various corro of the churches.

Religious songs are part of the culture of Providencia and Santa Catalina, harmonic sounds on a Saturday or Sunday Day announces moment of joy and praise to God, a very religious community with customs and traditions has prevailed for generations.

Historically traditional religious denominations on the island has been the Baptist, Catholic and Adventist religion, there is currently more than 17 churches located in different parts of the island.

We should also mention the arrival of different religions on the island in the recent years, as the Pentecostal Church and Jehovah's Witnesses that has slowly gained ground in the Raizal community.

Traditional churches have contributed much to the culture of the islands in recent decades, they contributed to the formation of many local talents who today serve as musicians and sings authors, who gave his first musical steps in corros and praises groups in churches.

The religious songs are part of celebrations of Marriage, baptisms, birthdays, funerals and other religious celebrations.

The visits to sick people who can not attend churches are visited at home by members of the congregation with a song of hope.

The form of interpretation of the traditional hymns in the church has a very particular form of expression, following the ancient or traditional books taken from songs called hymnals and performed only with the piano or organ.

Islander traditional folk instruments like the horse jaw bone, the tub, the guacharaca, mandolin and others have not been included in religious songs in the past considered unsuitable for these religious celebrations but today the concept has changed considering important to maintain the customs and traditional music in the community through religious songs played with folk instruments.

Looking for more contact with the youth and teenagers, music has been a tool of approach, employed by the various religions to attract young people to church more attractive by providing a new musical space where they can express their own musical compositions.

If it were not for the churches our culture would have a different story, thanks to them our traditions have remained in force.

Sunday school at the Baptist church has been a place where children start their first Bible study and learn their first religious songs. This is the cradle of future musicians and performers of the corros.

The Catholic religion has also made its contribution to the preservation of musical values ​​with the formation of those involved in youth run different corals encounter in the department.

Adventist religion has also contributed to the preservation of culture and Christian values ​​in the native islander community with music, a way to express praise to God.

It should be emphasized religious values ​​instilled in the community who have been instrumental in strengthening Christian values ​​and mutual respect that has prevailed for generations, but today is challenged by religious leaders.

Old Providence and Santa Catalina islands fortunate to have Christian values ​​that has contributed to the preservation of a culture through the rings of the churches where opportunity is provided to new music talents.

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Sea   men in search of a better life for their families choose to embark on cargo and tourist vessels as an alternative to work.

Listen Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Souk, Haitians, Dancehall and other Caribbean rhythms in Old Providence and Santa Catalina today is not surprising since these small islands located in the English-speaking Caribbean Sea shares a culture with islands like Jamaica, Trinidad, Guadalupe, Tobago, Cayman and others in the customs and cultural traditions are very similar.

In their journeys between the 70s and late 90s these sailors visited different Caribbean ports, they found new rhythms that gradually were bringing to the island on vacation where they shared with the community through the Pic Up or equipment Powerful achieving cultural recognition in the Raizal community by African rhythms and the frenetic sounds where they felt immediately identified.

The arrival of the new musical airs awoke in the community interest in Caribbean music and the rise of sound equipment and pic up brought to the island by the same seamen.

He started the opening of exclusive sites such as houses and festivals where the music was heard generating a new entertainment environment and integration of the Caribbean Raizal community.

The community began to recognize ethnic resemblance to the other islands of accepting describes music as part of their identity hearing sounds, rhythms and lyrics very consistent with their daily lives.

For many months the community awaited the arrival of seamen with new musical Hit, generating rivalry between the owners of the pic up, seeking musical exclusivity have the time to his followers and fans.

The popularity of these genre teams was so overwhelming that the Local Carnival would not be good without these powerful machines to entertain the most anticipated holiday of the year.

The arrival of the different Caribbean rhythms also sparked interest in young musicians of the island, to start to form new bands to interpret the new air where the expressions aimed at different Afro Caribbean roots to the traditional folk music that was played on the island with European air.

What is certain is that the arrival of this music genre a bridge of cultural communication between providence people and the English-speaking Caribbean identifying some existing roots that gradually was excluded from the life of the Islanders by the lack of communication and contact with these Caribbean regions and our cultural heritage, music was brought from the Caribbean and is a point of balance with the Speaker and Anglo Caribbean Raizal community of the territory. The music brought in by sailors who fortunately were always accepted by shipping companies for their knowledge of English and Creole and its similarity or resemblance to Caribbean culture, where these ships were operating motorcycles.

Caribbean music events not only popular with the pic up was taken up, local stations also played a big role in the promotion and dissemination of these rhythms that little by little they were requested by the community.

Undoubtedly ethnic similarity of the native islander culture of San Andres, Providence and Santa Catalina to the Caribbean cultures is evident not only by the different rhythms that you hear today on the islands, also the language, food, religion, architecture and many other commonalities identified only one people divided by a great sea – The Caribbean.





Providence and Santa Catalina Island located in the Caribbean Sea with a population of about 5000 inhabitants.

A village of farmers and fishermen speaks English and Creole and very similar to other Caribbean islands, not only languages, also very similar customs and traditions.

The indigenous music of the island as the chotis, polka, among other rhythms mented has not reached a position of marketing in the Colombian domestic market, despite the efforts over many decades by different musicians, groups and local bands that have tried incurring Musical Colombian industry.

It is not clear why the music of the archipelago has failed to take possession in the domestic market, but many think that due to cultural and ethnic differences with the country Colombia, where we were stuck voluntarily in 1826 as part of the national territory.

After several attempts to typical groups, soloists and bands that are transferred to the capital, Bogotá, today are not part of the national music industry, and there is no sustainable music industry in the islands.

Long failed attempts with a Spanish speaking country, Rizal different people who speak English and Creole and looking to export our music and find a market where we can sell and promote our artists and local talent, little has been achieved.

Industrial hope and vision is focused on the Anglo-speaking Caribbean, for cultural and ethnic similarity that identifies us as well as the European and American market where Caribbean music has made great achievements.

Today on the island there is new hope for local artists, with the arrival of the studio Audio Visual, Old Providence Records, where they can produce high quality music according to the demands of the music industry today.

Providence and Santa Catalina offers world-class musical talent, and our music could go far in the industry generating income for many families as part of the economy of the island as well as many other islands in the Caribbean that have achieved their music positioner opening doors in the global industry.

But this will be possible if Colombia accepts the ethnic difference with Rizal people and the country in the language, customs and traditions, supporting local talent and local industry in the construction of roads and commercial strategies with the Caribbean, Latin and Europe.

The music industry is a possibility to generate income on the island, and an option to connect culturally with our Caribbean brothers and participate in various festivals that annually takes place on islands like Jamaica, Trinidad, Guadeloupe, Cayman among others, as well as strengthening local festivals of our island, supporting cultural exchanges with our American neighbors and Caribbean Center because we are culturally very similar.

With music we can re connect a Rizal people who have been physically and culturally disconnected from their Anglo Caribbean roots speaker where we belong by our geographical location and culture, where our music would have a better cultural and commercial acceptance, begin to industrialize our folklore and Afro Caribbean expressions.



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Old Providence Island located in the Caribbean Sea with a population in the actuality of proximately 5000 inhabitants.

Caribbean people with costumes and traditions inherited from English and Africans influence that predominate from generation to generation.

In the early 40's Music, dance and gastronomy has become a way of social reunions where the community comes together to have fun and entertainment in so important event like The Fare and Dance.

Music, dance and food were not only the excuse that community comes together, it was also associated with businesses around the farmers and fisherman's who provide the products for the fair and dance.

The spice of islander's kitchen was delighted in the different dishes and sweets, prepared by woman whit strong conviction of ancestral background.

Fare and Dance was the perfect moment to meet young Lady's. Young boys worked overtime to collect enough money to invite the young lady to dance because after each tune he had to invite her to the food table to choose a dish of her choice.

The folk music like shotiz, mento, jumping polka, calypso and many others gems was the sounds of those days represented by recognized musician who was wanted by them popular skill in the community lick the best.

The Salon music whit English back ground and the popular music inherited from African tradition form a style of Dance combine in Elegancy and Glamour.

In those day's young people cud not participate in a Fear and Dance until them Reach 21 years Old and also was not Allowed that Kid and Parents dance at the same time on the dance floor considered not approached and Sean well in the community.

More dancing more food is collected, guaranteeing food for several days at home.

This tradition of Fare and Dance was also a way to collect funds to address health needs helping poor families.

Gastronomy, music, dance and tradition has been linked in our culture and community for a long time, sparking cheers and traditions that will always be tied to our idiosyncrasy and the call to revive inseparable customs of our ancestors.

The folk music played an important role in social events, helping our culture to be more accessible and bring unity to our community.

Music makes us move.

Music makes us smile.

Music vibration gives an extra ingredient to our daily struggle.

That's why without music some things would never work the same way and for this…  WE DA DIS.

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