A glimpse of Spanish culture to be in Seychelles

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

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Tourists and Seychellois will get a glimpse of Spanish culture when the 2015 edition of the Seychelles carnival; Seychelles Carnaval International de Victoria starts. Spain’s La Tuna band has confirmed their participation at the carnival in order to delight the crowd with Spain’s folkloric traditional music.

It will be La Tuna’s first participation in the carnival but it will not be the first time that the band performs in Seychelles; in fact they have been in Seychelles in April 2014. They have performed outside the National Cultural Centre for orphans, at popular local bazaar ‘Bazar Labrin’ at Beau Vallon and at the Eden Island jetty. Destination Management Company had worked collaboratively with Seychelles Tourism Board to bring them to the island.

The group coming down for the Seychelles Carnaval International de Victoria will not consist of the same members as the ones who visited the islands last year.

La Tuna has a long, rich history dating back from 1218 that is closely linked to the University of Salamanca. Struggling university students with musical skills would perform in taverns, ale-houses and at university functions to pay for food and tuition fees.

Band members have changed along the years but the values remain more or less the same. They perform wearing the same costumes members used to wear in the 13th century, playing the guitar, accordion, tambourine and bandurria. They are very popular across the globe and in their home country, regularly hired to perform in auditoriums, hotels, restaurants and at wedding ceremonies.

The public can expect to be entertained by a great variety of Spanish and Latin melodies and rhythms such as rumbas, flamencos, pasos dobles, boleros, tangos, sones and baladas.

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