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Marimba music and traditional chants and dances from the Colombian South Pacific region and the province of Esmeraldas in Ecuador declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity
 
    
A performance by bearers of the expression. Photo: CRESPIAL Website.
2 December 2015/ CRESPIAL

Marimba music and traditional chants and dances from the Colombian South Pacific region and the Ecuadorean province of Esmeraldas has been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity within the framework of the 10th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage (10 COM), held in Namibia, today, on 2 December 2015.

Marimba music and traditional chants and dances are musical expressions that form an integral part of the social fabric –within the family and the community– of the Afro-descendant population that settled in the Colombian South Pacific region, as well as in the Ecuadoran province of Esmeraldas.

The men and women of this community sing stories and poems, accompanying their performances with rhythmic body movements, in various rituals, religious or festive events to celebrate life, worship the saints or mourn the deceased.

It should be noted that this binational file was commended for its quality within the framework of the 10 COM.

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