05/29 | Ecos del Pacifico at Global Dance Party (Afro-Colombian music and dance traditions of the Pacific coast of Colombia)


Ecos del Pacifico Afrocolombia is a Chicago-based group formed in 2006 by Julio Cesar Montaño Montenegro and steeped in the Afro-Colombian music and dance traditions of the Pacific coast of Colombia. The group features members of the Montaño Arboleda family and a diverse complement of Chicago musicians of various ethnicities performing on traditional Afro-Colombian percussion, marimba, guitar, clarinet and bass. EPA focuses on the Pacific cost sounds of Currulao, one of the most African influenced-styles in all of Colombia, The music is centered around a drum known as a “cununo”, which superficially resembles the “alegre” drum (used in Cumbia), and a shaker known in parts of Colombia as a “guasá” or “guache”, and Colombian marimba, a wooden xylophone which resembles the African balafon.

8.30pm The Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625 • 773.728.6000

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