The Sandunga


According to the RAE, the meaning of "Sandunga" is: grace, donaire or salt shaker.

Originally, this was a ruckus dance that originated in the region of Andalusia, in the vicinity of Africa; a legacy of the last bastion of the Arab occupation in Spain. Dance of long and rhythmic pendular movements, the commotion was a common dance in the mid-nineteenth century in towns such as Cadiz, Jerez and Seville.

Officially he appeared in the Mexican capital on December 3, 1850; and arrived in the capital of Oaxaca in 1953, where he captivated the musician, politician and military Máximo Ramón Ortiz, originally from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Enraptured by the cadence of the passage, he began to compose verses in the Mexican style.

Once he settled for something, he asked his friend, also Tehuano Andrés Gutiérrez, to make musical arrangements. It was so that he adapted the refrains, included a zapateado and finished the creation of a new Mexican son.

There are stories indicating that its origin is distinctly Zapotec ... regardless of its validity, Sandunga is now a fundamental part of Mexican folklore, to the point where new verses, arrangements, and new versions and translations have been made to Zapotec and to Nahuatl; all about the original idea of ​​Máximo Ramón Ortiz.

The Sandunga was the detonating piece of Tehuano son and musical composition, particularly in that Oaxacan area of ​​Mexico. It is, nowadays, a musical style recognized worldwide also with pieces like: La Llorona, Mixtec Song and God Never Dies.

Today, this style is a distinctive feature of Mexico that continues to be sung with fervor and passion. In addition, it has been interpreted by artists such as Chavela Vargas, Jaramar, Lila Downs, Los de Abajo, Mata Toledo, Crimson Crimson, Noesis, among many others; highlighting the fascination generated by this hypnotic piece of music.

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