Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto

Los Gaiteros De San Jacinto

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Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto are a Colombian traditional folkloric cumbia group formed in the Caribbean Region of Colombia which have been active since 1940. Their folkloric music preserves the traditional rhythms and sounds product of a mixture of the Colombian Indigenous, Spanish and Afro-Colombian heritage.

The gaiteros meaning those who play the gaita flute and San Jacinto for the town the group originated from San Jacinto in the Colombian Department of Bolívar.

On November 9, 2007 the group won a Latin Grammy award in the category Folkloric Music for their album " Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto from Colombia" (A Fire of Pure Blood), released on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. at Smithsonian Folkways


Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto were born in San Jacinto in the Colombian Department of Bolívar in the 1940s. Miguel Antonio Hernández Vásquez also known as "Toño" Fernández, assembled a group of San Jacinto musicians including Juan and José Lara, Pedro Nolasco Mejía and Manuel de Jesus "Mañe" Serpa who conformed the group's official line-up.

From the 1950s onwards, they began touring Colombia, managed by writer and reserchear Manuel Zapata Olivella. As decades passed, the group began incorporating a second generation of musicians, among who we can found some of the sons of the original line-up.

En 1982, due to Toño Fernández health problems, Joaquín Nicolás Hernández Pacheco, Fernández...
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