Festejo (Peru)

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.

COUNTRY: Peru
KEY INSTRUMENTS: Bongo, Cajita, Cajon, Congas, Quijada
SONG ON AATW: LATIN AMERICA CD: Citron


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