Los Gofiones return to the WOMAD stage 29 years later

The gofiones will open the last day of concerts this Sunday, November 13, at 12 noon on the main stage located in the Parque de Santa Catalina. The group from Gran Canaria, which has already been in existence for 54 years, will present on this occasion the repertoire of its latest album, the 23rd of its recording career, entitled Mexico in the Heart, in which they take to their field some of the most popular songs “that influenced our parents and grandparents and that they saw in TV movies”, Alexis Santana, one of the members of this large group, commented at a press conference. The program will be rounded off with performances by Kyekyeku & Super Opong Stars (13.45), an artist who comes from Casa África; and Beat Bronco Organ Trio (15.15).

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The gofiones They will once again be on stage at the festival. The oldest followers of WOMAD still remember their participation in the first day of the first edition, held on November 26, 1993, in which they performed the song drunk until dawn, with Los Coquillos, in a year that was also important for the group from Gran Canaria, since it was then celebrating its first 25 years of existence. It was a moment that has been etched in the memory of those who gathered on Las Canteras beach that night. With more than half a century of existence (54 years since its foundation), the trajectory of Los Gofiones is marked by the purpose with which the group was founded: the committed work in research, rescue, creation and dissemination of the popular music of Canarias, both traditional and popular roots, as well as music from other communities with which Canarians have had some relationship throughout history.

His career is reflected in 23 of his own albums, collaboration in the recording of another 18 albums, more than 1,000 concerts in all the Canary Islands and a good part of the peninsula and America. Recognized with the Canary Islands Prize 2018 in the category of Popular Culture, (Government of the Canary Islands), Gold Medal of the Canary Islands 2002 (Government of the Canary Islands), Roque Nublo de Plata 1999 (Cabildo de Gran Canaria) and Silver Medal of the City 1996 (City Hall of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), among many other distinctions, the impact of Los Gofiones has transcended beyond the musical sphere itself. Currently, the group 40 is made up of instrumentalists and singers belonging to more than three generations.

In 2018 the group celebrated its half century of existence, in which the spirit with which Los Gofiones was created on October 3, 1968 has survived. The show 50 YEARS FOR YOU It was the first of the great events of that year and with it the music of Los Gofiones toured each of the islands to celebrate and share the anniversaries with an audience. They also took that celebration concert to Madrid and other Spanish regions.

Closure of WOMAD

The music of Kyekyeku & Super Opong Stars explore the folk palmwine of his country, the high life and modern Afro fusions. His new album funky pangolinoffers high life with a blessing of funk. The eight-song album, among other things, explores the longstanding close connections between funk and African popular music since the 1970s.

The sound of Beat Bronco It has the perfect mix of Jazz, Soul and R’n’B with those old school grooves and delightfully soulful guitar and organ melodies. After posting in 2020 road-trip (Rocafort Records, Switzerland) and several singles -Easy Baby (2019), Missoula-Nairobi 2019-, the band records for the Denver (USA) label, Color Red.

This Soul and R’n’B trio, already known for its success at Holi Groove (Switzerland), León Jazz Festival or Euro Ye-Ye, are presenting previews of some of the songs they are about to to see the light. Beat Bronco is made up of Gabri Casanova (hammond organ), Lucas de Mulder (guitar) and Antonio “Pax” (drums). all of them known for being part of bands like The Sweet Vandals, Speak low, Anaut or Mighty Vamp among others.

World of words

The closing of the program World of wordson Sunday 13 at 11:00 a.m., has as its central axis and title of the talk Amaziges of the Canary Islands, history of a culturein which they will participate Jorge Onrubiadoctor in history and archaeologist; Joseph de Leon, doctor in history and archaeologist; Y louis helpjournalist and author of Amaziges of the Canary Islands, history of a culturejournalistic investigation carried out by Luis Socorro, published by Canary Islands Now Y elDiario.es and published this fall in book format. Taking advantage of this work, which for the first time analyzes the settlement of the Canary Islands, from the change of era to the Conquest, and the culture that the first inhabitants of the Archipelago bequeathed to us, Socorro will moderate a dialogue on the various theories on the settlement and colonization of the islands.

The scientific community agrees, for the most part, that it occurred when the Romans occupied North Africa, but there are differences about how this migratory process unfolded. To shed light on this exciting topic, he will dialogue with historians and researchers Jorge Onrubia and José de León. Onrubia is the Canarian archaeologist with the most field experience in archaeological sites in North Africa, mainly in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. De León, for his part, current technical manager of the Risco Caído Institute, has discovered several cave stations with alphabetic engravings in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Both historians treasure very solid and complementary theories about the arrival of the Guanches.

The festive culmination of all WOMAD responds to the name of Pasacalle, which this year will begin at 1:00 p.m. (after the performance of Los Gofiones). All participants are convened at 12:00 at the Nave Miller, where this fun multicolor parade will be organized, and in which they will have the opportunity to put on makeup and use all the material prepared during the days of workshops. The Parade will leave from the Nave Miller in the direction of the main stage of Santa Catalina, later it will go to Luis Morote street, which they will cross until they reach Tomás Miller, a street that they will take in the direction of Paseo de Las Canteras, where it will end in the area of spas. Also at Nave Miller, the Casa África Gastro Show will be held again.

Sunday program

Castle of Mata:

World of Words’: ‘Amaziges of the Canary Islands, history of a culture

Santa Catalina stage:

12.00: The Gofiones.

13.45: Kyekyeku & Super Opong Stars

15.15: Beat Bronco Organ Trio

Miller Ship:

12.00: parade preparations.

13.00: Parade

13.00: Gastro Show Casa Africa

WOMAD Gran Canaria-Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is celebrated this year without any type of restriction, between November 10 and 13, in Santa Catalina Park. The main stage will be located where it always is, the second stage will be installed in the boulevard area, at the back of Espacio Miller, which will also host part of the musical program this year. WOMAD will once again have the global market, the restaurants and local artisan stalls, the FEDAC tents and also the NGOs that make up the usual WOMAD landscape.

This year, WOMAD’s activity has transcended to the scenarios around Santa Catalina. From Monday, October 7, the festival’s program was spread across different cultural centers in the capital of Gran Canaria. The Casa de Colón, the Atlantic Center for Modern Art (CAAM), the Mata Castle and the Elder Museum hosted concerts, talks, debates and film series, activities in which Casa África also collaborated for another year. Workshops for children and adults, the literary meeting ‘World of Words’ and the traditional Casa Africa Film Series completed a program that culminates on the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th with the concerts in Santa Catalina. Once again, WOMAD is made possible thanks to the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, with the collaboration of the Government of the Canary Islands; and has been directed and produced by WOMAD, DD&Company Productions and Promotion Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

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Los Gofiones return to the WOMAD stage 29 years later