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Troubadours highlight peasant culture at Colomnia flower festival

Troubadours highlight peasant culture at Colomnia flower festival

(On-Site Sound: Troubadours Singing)

Peasant singers stole the show with lyrics about their own life at the week-long 11th Flower Fair, which was kicked off in Medellin Colombia’s second largest city ,on August 8th.

(Soundbite) Gabotto Emanuel, Jury Member
“We call it Trova Paisa in Spanish. It is an oral art established before we knew how to write. Like the Iliad and Odyssey of Homer and the stories of the great jugglers and Greek poets, it is improvised. With time passing, it remains in force and now becomes more professional.”

A jury is appointed During each festival performers who to select the ones who can best interpret the intangible heritage of Colombian culture and express the deeply-rooted emotions of the Andean peasants, and reward them with trophies.

(On-Site Sound: Troubadours Singing)

(Soundbite) Leonardo Arboleda Cuervo, Best Troubadour 2014
“A troubadour has to write, read and test by himself time and again, because practice makes his performance perfect. It is an expression and thought which people identify with. It wins applause, moves hearts, and brings smiles and tears.”

Altogether 224 singers will compete during the current fair as a way to help preserve and pass on the rural culture of Colombia.

(On-Site Sound: Troubadours Singing)

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