Baterimba in Nepal

Kathmandu
Baterimba in Nepal

Jul 29, 2014-

The Embassy of Colombia in India and The Consulate of Colombia in Nepal—on August 1—are jointly organising a concert featuring Carlos Balanta—popularly known as Baterimba—a-multi-instrumentalist from Colombia. The event will be hosted by Her Excellency Monica Lazzenta Mutis, Ambassador Designate of Colombia to Nepal and Binaya Man Shrestha, Honorary Consul of Colombia.

The concert will be held at Megha Mall at Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza, Kalimati, and the concluding session of the evening will also see collaboration between Balanta and local percussionist Milesh Tandukar, who will accompany the Columbian artiste by playing Nepali instruments such as the dhime, nagara, madal, khein and damaru. After the end of the performance, the audience will also get a chance to taste South American snacks and drinks.

“South America is an emerging global power and there’s a great potential for mutual co-operation between Nepal and South America. This event is an initiative by the embassy of Colombia to promote relations through cultural exchange between the two countries,” said Honorary Consul Shrestha.

Balanta’s energetic one-man show combines several types of percussions like kick drum, snare, cymbals, bongos, cowbells and clave, to name a few. The musician’s style, called the Baterimba, is named after him and is a blend of timbres from two different traditional instruments—the marimba from the South Pacific coast and percussions from the north—making it an exquisite genre of music that has now come to represent Colombian rhythm. The performance will make use of gestures and voices and also the bass guitar and other objects to create what is referred as the Baterimba act.

Balanta’s unique combination of sound-textures benefits from his research into Colombian folk music and his incorporation of various musical traditions from different regions of South and Central America. The South American maestro merges different soundscapes whilst always respecting the roots and the cultural heritage of the regions where the sounds come from. He has been invited to perform and run workshops at several national as well as international conferences and has been a cultural ambassador for his country. France, Croatia, Peru and Bolivia are some of the countries he performed his music in prior to his visit to Nepal.

Ministers and senior government officials, members of the diplomatic missions and consulates in Nepal, senior professionals, reputed local artistes and music students will attend the concert. Entry to the programme is only by invitation and passes are available at the consulate of Colombia, Jhamsikhel, and at the event manager JJ Sultan’s office at Sanepa, Lalitpur.

The event will start from 5:30 pm and will go on till 8:30 pm.

Published: 30-07-2014 09:33

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