Candelaria – Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto

Los Gaiteros de San JacintoToday I have for you a musical jewel from the Caribbean Coast in Colombia. This folklore music from the group Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto (The Pipers from San Jacinto) is about as rich and pure as Colombian folklore music gets. It preserves the traditional rhythms and sounds of Colombian Cumbia music which is the musical and cultural mixture of indigenous and black slaves on the Caribbean Coast during the Spanish Conquest and Colony.

SAN_JACINTO_BOLIVARThe group Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto formed in the Caribbean Region of Colombia which have been active since 1940. From the 1950s onwards, they began touring Colombia. As decades passed, the group began incorporating a second generation of musicians, among whom can be found some of the sons of the original line-up.

In 2007 the group won a Latin Grammy award in the category Folkloric Music.



Candelaria (4th verse)

Yo nunca podré olvidar
(I could never forget)
Esta mujer consentida
(This spoilt woman)
Que tiene mi alma batida
(Who has my battered heart)
Porque no me supo amar
(Because she didn’t know how to love me)
Candelaria, Candelaria, Candelaria
vida mía
(My life)

1. Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto – Wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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8 comments on “Candelaria – Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto
  1. This is wonderful Matthew. You are forever introducing us to things outside our little world!

    • Thanks Bruce. Most kind of you. I hope you are fairing well in NonCOVID land lol

      • Non-Cividness is a fantasy invented by our Prime Minister to make herself look good. There are new cases every day, but she declares that every case stems from overseas and it’s not in the community. Of course every case stems from overseas – the thing started in China. I think it’s creating a false sense of comfort!

      • I see your point Bruce…. I had thought NZ was rid of cases. But if the cases are in isolation, lets hope they are eventually eliminated. But like you I am doubtful. We are losing 200 people a day more or less over here. 2020 is dun and dusted – confined to our homes. 2021 perhaps as well. Stay well buddy.

      • Gosh Matthew – you must be up the wall with it. I reckon we haven’t even started “the first wave” over here. It will happen – but then I’m a half empty guy.

      • I’m a romantic pessimist – (half empty guy as well! haha). But we just received great news that the great grandmother of my children made a miraculous recovery out of a ‘coma’ and I just finished talking to her via video. So today there is lots of joy in our households. Cheers and keep a half the glass full on ya.

      • Wonderful news! Wonderful experience!

  2. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    This sounds nice and authentic. Thanks Matt!

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