Posted in Arts & Culture, The Region, tagged aventura, bachata, Bethlehem, Burrito Sabanero, Christmas, Christmas music, Dominican Republic, entertainment, hip hop, holiday, Hugo Blanco, Incaptepec, jazz, Jesus, latin america, latin music, music, Puerto Rico, Romeo, Tick Tock, venezuela, venezuelan music, venezuelan traditions on December 22, 2008 |
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Christmas cuteness at its finest: El Burrito Sabanero is not about food, but a favorite Christmas song in Latin America. Burro in Spanish means donkey, and burrito is little donkey. El Burrito Sabanero is about a boy who rides his little donkey to Bethlehem to see the niño Jesús.
This famous Venezuelan Christmas song, written by Hugo Blanco, gets played with about the same frequency as “Silent Night” does in the U.S. El Burrito is a joyful staple at elementary school Christmas recitals. The song is so precious that it’s not even necessary to know Spanish to enjoy it — but it has been translated.
El Burrito Sabanero has been covered by many artists, a few of which are below:
The latest version is by Incaptepec, a Latin-style jazz band. Click here for an article and the song.
Here is an adorable hip hop version by the Puerto Rican boy band Tick Tock:
The cuteness continues with a bilingual version by Bachata group, Aventura, from the Dominican Republic:
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Posted in Arts & Culture, tagged Alberto Arvelo, caracas, cine, Cuba, cyrano de bergerac, Cyrano Fernandez, film, Havana, Havana Film Festival, hip hop, latin american culture, Tres Dueños, venezuela, venezuelan cinema, Venezuelan culture, Venezuelan film, Venezuelan movies, venezuelan music on December 3, 2008 |
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Another Venezuelan film participating in the Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana escaped our notice yesterday: Cyrano Fernandez by director Alberto Arvelo.
The movie is a modern-day version of the French drama Cyrano de Bergerac that takes place in the Caracas barrios. This love story features music by the popular Venezuelan rap group Tres Dueños. Check out their song “La Mala Vida,” and watch the trailer for Cyrano Fernandez with English subtitles below.
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Posted in Arts & Culture, Society & Politics, tagged caracas, cultural events, culture, education, education in venezuela, hip hop, latin america, music, music education, students in venezuela, universities in venezuela, venezuela, Venezuelan culture, venezuelan government, venezuelan music, venezuelan universities on June 2, 2008 |
A conference on “Trends in Contemporary Urban Music in Latin America” begins today in Caracas, and will take place all month. The future of pop, rock, hip hop, and electronic music will be debated by experts, students, and performers. It is hosted by the National Experimental University for the Arts, which is part of a system of state-sponsored institutions of higher education.
The “National Experimental Universities” were founded last year to increase access to university-level education in Venezuela. The schools are affordable — and thus accessible — to all. A dozen of them have been established throughout the country. Each one exercises organizational autonomy, and offers programs tailored to social and economic issues relevant in the regions where they are located.
Click here for links to these and other major universites in Venezuela.
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