Culture Snapshot: Bolivian Music

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Carmen Escobar, Sponsorship Manager

Oruro, Bolivia

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Save the Children has sponsorship programs in over twenty countries in five regions of the world! Sponsorship gives you the unique opportunity to connect with a child. By building a friendship with a sponsored child you have the opportunity to learn a variety of new things about the child and area that you help support. 

Time and again sponsors rave about how fascinating is to learn about other cultures! This short series highlights unique elements of local culture from each of the regions our sponsorship programs operate in. We hope you enjoy and will visit again in the coming weeks to learn about each region.


Rosario and Yveth are best friends and love to play music. The 13-year-old girls play a variety of Bolivian instruments such as the quena (bamboo flute), zampona (pan pipes), tarka (traditional flute of the Andes) as well as sheep hooves, used as castanets, and Spanish guitar. Rosario says, “Our identity is in our instruments. I think that Bolivian music should be valued by young people.”

Rosario playing the tarka
Rosario and Yveth started composing their own music and lyrics. Music has become a way to express their feelings. As Yveth puts it, “The melodies we create are ours and playing them can be described as something magical.”

Listen to a clip from a performance at Bolivian Heritage Festival:

Over the next few weeks we hope you will come back to read about cultural information from all of our sponsorship regions! Coming up next, a recipe for green chili chicken enchiladas from our Western Region office in the United States.


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