The “Tuna” music tradition

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Last night we were introduced to traditional Spanish Tuna singing; with groups from Peru, Bolivia and Chile taking part in the 32nd festival in Iquique’s main square.

Originally Tuna groups were penniless 13th century Spanish students out to gain a few pesos or court some pretty Spanish signorita. Today it’s all about keeping the tradition alive, and the evening had a similar feel to a gathering of English Morris Dancers out for a beer, a sense of comradeship and fun.

Main instruments accompanying the singers on stage were bandurrinas, lutes, guitars and tambourines. And we are glad to say we saw one female group performing.

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