El Mensú is 96 and Misiones celebrates with gualambao

El Mensú is 96 and Misiones celebrates with gualambao

Three years have passed since the province declared a cultural heritage on the percussion pioneered by Ramon Ayala. The date coincides with the day he was born. In his honor, there will be activities this weekend at a high school Innovation and on the Garupá Waterfront.

This weekend, the Missionaries will have a double celebration. around 96th anniversary of the birth of the famous artist Ramon Ayala In honor of him, the Gualambao Province Day. Over the years, he has portrayed the Red Land through his art, making a mark in history and establishing himself as an emblem on the coast.


Ramón Gumercindo Cidade was born on March 10, 1927, in Garupá. The singer, songwriter, writer, poet, and painter has more than 300 works of music, eight books, and fifty-five exhibitions of painting.. In addition, he has won many distinguished awards for his professional and cultural contribution.

He got into music when he was young and then, in his teens, moved with his family to Buenos Aires. He currently resides there, in the San Telmo neighborhood. In the mid-1950s he was part of a trio Sanchez, Monges and Ayalaalong with Amadeo Monges and Arturo Sánchez, then began working as a soloist.

In 1962 he began touring the cities in Cuba. This spread to countries like Spain, Sweden, France, Italy, Romania, Cyprus, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Bahrain, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Back in Argentina, in 1976, he recorded his first self-titled album The return of the forgotten Ramon Ayala.

Gualambao, music and dance

In 2020, the Chamber of Deputies of Misiones ratified the Sixth Law No. 237in which they were announced The cultural heritage of the province on the rhythm of Gualambao. In honor of its creator, it was established on March 10 with the name Jalampao County Day. The project was presented in October 2019 by Representative Carlos Eduardo Rovira.

As Ayala himself explained, This rhythm arises from a mixture of different styles. Coastal music has been influenced by the Mbea-Guaraní culture, the rhythms of Paraguay, and the Brazilian South. In this region, the rural galopa, chotis, and polka stand out, which in turn came into contact with established European societies.

Gualambao was born out of the need to synthesize into one genre the regional rhythms of frontier influence, which so define the province. But it also has a certain physiology, since written in 8/12 time (twelve-eighths). Dancing, then, calls for continuous swing. He dances with big steps to the sides, like a pendulum.

Celebrate the list

On the occasion of this date, the provincial government organizes a meeting at the Innovation High School of Posadas. It’s a talk about gualambao, dictate it Cacho Bernal and Frodo Peralta. The appointment will be on Friday at 11 am, with free admission to the public.

On the other hand, from the municipality of Garuba invites you to participate in a free festival. It will take place on Sunday the 12th at 6:00 pm on the María Auxiliadora waterfront. Local artists such as Fernando Farias, Bova Brothers, Los Tacuilleros del Chamami, Armando Vieira and his group will participate.

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