El Sanjuanero Tolimense, often called simply Sanjuanero, is a traditional Colombian bambuco song. Its music was written in 1936 by Anselmo Duran Plazas and its lyrics were written by Sofía Gaitán Yanguas.[1] It was first performed on July 12, 1936.[2] and recorded for the first time in the 1950s by the duo Garzon y Collazos.[3] It's one of Colombia's most recognizable folkloric songs, and it is the anthem of the Festival Folclórico y Reinado Nacional del Bambuco.

"Sanjuanero"
Song
GenreBambuco
Songwriter(s)Sofía Gaitán Yanguas
Composer(s)Anselmo Duran Plazas
Sanjuanero, first figure of the choreography, "The Invitation".

Accompanying danceEdit

The traditional Sanjuanero choreography was created by folklorist Inés García de Durán[4] in 1960 and consists of three basic steps (caminado, bambuqueado, and contradanza), eight basic figures and five or more adornment figures.[2]

Basic stepsEdit

  • El Caminado
  • El Bambuqueado
  • Los Tres Cuartos

Role in festivitiesEdit

El Sanjuanero is commonly associated with Huila's Festival Folclórico y Reinado Nacional del Bambuco celebrated each year, in Neiva during the feasts of Saint Peter and Saint John. The Reinado Nacional del Bambuco is a contest similar to beauty pageants in which contestants, each representing a Colombian Department, are judged on six parameters, one of which is performance of the Sanjuanero dance.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Historia del Sanjuanero Huilense
  2. ^ a b Sanjuanero: Visión estética y amatoria del bambuco Archived 2011-07-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Colombia.com - Turismo". www.colombia.com. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  4. ^ Mapa folklórico Colombiano Archived 2010-10-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ REGLAMENTO GENERAL REINADO NACIONAL DEL BAMBUCO, The Reinado's Official Rule Book.