Joropo Jam (Manuel Rangel, Edwin Arellano, Leonidas Rondón & Fernando Alvarez)
The Joropo or Música llanera is a musical style that has African, Native South American and European influences and originated in the plains called "Los Llanos" of what is now Venezuela. It is a genre of música criolla (creole music). Formerly, the Spanish word Joropo meant “the party” but nowadays it defines a type of music (and dance) that identifies Venezuelans. Joropo is differentiated by the region where it is originated: central (Aragua, Miranda, Carabobo and Guarico), East Joropo (Sucre, Monagas, Anzoategui), Guayanes (south of Venezuela), tuyero, larense and much more.
Born in 2010, Joropo Jam (Rangel - maracas, Arellano - bass, Rondón - cuatro & Alvarez - oboe) is a sample of the large quota of young musicians creating the urban musical district currently in Caracas, Venezuela’s capital. The musicians gathered just asking where the "thing" is, started to play this wonderful collective experience.