Festejo, a word derived from the Spanish “fiesta,” is a form of celebratory Afro-Peruvian music. Festejo lyrics often provide historical accounts of the Afro-Peruvian population’s emancipation from slavery or celebrate some other type of popular liberation. The festejo dance is lively and witty, featuring gyrating hips and intricate footwork known as zapateado.
KEY INSTRUMENTS: Bongo, Cajita, Cajon, Congas, Quijada
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