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When people think of Bolivian music they are usually referring to the music of the Andes or known as Andean folk music. The music of Bolivia, made by the Quechua and Aymara native groups of the Andean Mountains provides a very unique sound.
Andean musicians use a variety of instruments, some even dating back to the pre-Inca origins. Wind and percussion instruments, such as the pan flute or the zampoña make up the majority of the unique sound of the Andean music.
Bolivia music or the music of the neighboring Andean countries has become well known throughout the United States and Europe. The beautiful sounds of musicians playing their traditional Andean music can be heard echoing around shopping malls throughout the United States.
Though Bolivian music is mostly known for it Andean folklore music, there are other types of music from Bolivia. Like its geography and its various ethnicities, music from Bolivia is very diverse.
Each region in Bolivia has its own distinctive music that reflects its particular lifestyle, its mood and its physical surroundings. For example, the music of the Andes is typically spiritual or mournful, but sometimes can be high-spirited. While the Bolivia music of the eastern lowlands of Bolivia tends to be more vibrant and lively, with alot of dancing involved.
Like the rest of the world you can hear modern music throughout all of Bolivia. Especially at discos or clubs, you can hear rock, pop, and other types of music from the United States or Europe.
For the traveler, music provides a fun medium to participate in a foreign culture. Music is a timeless accompaniment to entertainment, and as any Latin American traveler knows, wherever music is playing, a fiesta is just around the corner!
While traveling through the Andean region of Bolivia, one cannot help but become enchanted with the haunting, beautiful sounds of traditional music playing anywhere from the street corner, to a festival, or in a bar.
If in the the Andean mountain range of Bolivia, such as La Paz, for a taste of Bolivian music you can attend a peña. A pena is an Andean or highland Bolivian music show that features the folklore music of the Andes played on typical Andean instruments.
Most penas play six days a week and some just have shows only on Friday and Saturday nights. Most start at 9 or 10pm and can last until 1am. Admission ranges from 30Bs to 50Bs and usually includes drinks. A popular pena is Restaurant Peña Marka Tambo in La Paz, which puts on a good show Thursday through Saturday nights.
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