The galerón are two genres of Venezuelan typical song. The Eastern galerón is sung in improvised ten-line stanzas. Generally, it is accompanied by mandolin, cuatro, and guitar. It is normally played in the Cruz de Mayo celebrations, the improvised lyrics honoring the Cross. It is related to the guajiro (Cuba), torbellino (Colombia), and trova (Puerto Rico).
|Stylistic origins||From the Hispanic tradition.|
|Cultural origins||Spread from Spain to the American colonies|
|Typical instruments||mandolin, cuatro, guitar|
The other galerón is sung in the Center-Western region of Venezuela, more specifically in Lara State. It is part of The Tamunangue, a ritual religious celebration honoring Saint Anthony of Padua. It is one of the Sones de Negros suite, which includes La Bella, La Juruminga, El Poco a Poco, El Yiyivamos, La Perrendenga, El Galerón, y El Seis Figureao. It is played with cuatro, cinco and guitar and sung in two voices.
- Luis Felipe Ramón y Rivera. La Música Folklórica de Venezuela. Monte Ávila, 1976.