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Cartagena Colombia Culture
First comes the slow rhythm of African drums. The women dance simply back and forth in lavish Spanish dresses. Then comes the high-pitched sound of the indigenous gaita flute to complete the courtship dance.
This is la cumbia, one of the native music and dance styles of the Caribbean coast of Colombia where local interest is hard to find in the city of Cartagena with reggaeton, vallenato, salsa and merengue dominating.
But the population that dances in the manner of their ancestors do it for the love of it. And so it will not be forgotten. They do it to spread their culture, remember their tradition, and represent their pueblo.
"The culture of Colombia is not one of violence, is a tourist town on the Caribbean coast of Colombia where in the center of the Old City, the Plaza of Peace, young folclor dancers can be seen every day dancing wild and free, flipping over each other, and beating the drums over and over, sweat covering their perfectly toned brown bodies. However, besides the gawking handfuls of tourists now and again, there is no money to be made in the city with folclor, or traditional music and dance.
This city of 850.000 people is rich with the history of folclor born from the cultures of Spanish conquerors, African slaves and indigenous people who crossed paths during the 16th and 17th centuries.
The secure city of Cartagena is known for its beauty. Rich with the colors of Spanish colonial architecture in the Old City, it's surrounded with old fortress walls that earned the city a spot on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's World Heritage list.
Since the locals or the war occupied government aren't great supporters of local arts, dancers said they practice folclor for the love of it, with the hope of spreading their culture to other countries .Venezuela, Ecuador, France and Switzerland..