Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto & Madalitso Band
National Hispanic Cultural Center - Fountain Courtyard
1701 4th St SW
Albuquerque NM 87102
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Advance tickets cost $10 (plus a $2 service charge). Children 12 and under are free! Tickets are available from the NHCC Box Office (in person and by phone - (505) 724-4771).
We are all missing ¡Globalquerque! this year! To fill a piece of that void, we are partnering with the National Hispanic Cultural Center to offer a cool world music double bill that weekend in one of our favorite ¡Globalquerque! spaces—the NHCC's Fountain Courtyard! Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto played at the 8th ¡Globalquerque!, way back in 2012, while Madalitso will be enjoying their first visit to New Mexico. Santa Fe folks can enjoy the show at The Bridge too.
Deep in the Montes de María, on the shores of Colombia's Caribbean coast, with the advent of the Spanish conquest and the arrival of the enslaved African population, the sound of a new race was born. The native Kogi tribe descended from the snow-capped peaks with their flutes imitating the song of the birds, slaves introduced the overpowering cadence of their drums, and the Spaniards imposed their melancholic song to give birth to gaita music cradled in the tiny town of San Jacinto. Time slowly gave shape to the gaiteros as they sang to life, love, and suffering, as women's hips could not help following the drumbeat, and as listeners' souls would give in to the melancholic airs of the gaitas or reed flutes. Centuries of music and rum created Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto, the greatest maestros of this tradition.
Legend has it that Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto were formed around 1930. Founded by Miguel Antonio "Toño" Fernandez, they have preserved and disseminated their art for over five generations. Passing the torch from father to son, from uncle to nephew, this group has become one of Colombia's cultural treasures and the living expression of Latin America's history of strength, passion and survival.
With just an acoustic guitar and foot drum, an outsize, home-made, one-string babatone, two voices in sweet harmony and buckets of charm, Malawi's dynamic duo Madalitso Band have elevated audiences at WOMAD and Roskilde and a host of venues throughout Europe. Previously they had been earning a living playing on the streets of their home-town Lilongwe for ten years before they were discovered by a local producer and recorded their first album in 2009. Word-of-mouth eventually secured them an appearance at Zanzibar's Sauti Za Busara festival in 2017. Six months later they were on an airplane for the first time in their lives, heading for their first European tour.