As we look forward to exploring the “social power of music” at the 2019 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, we welcome the group Rio Mira from Ecuador and Colombia to Tropicalia.
Fronted by singer Karla Kanora, Rio Mira is a musical collaboration guided by the distinctive percussive tones of the marimba. The marimba music of South Pacific Colombia and Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador, traces back to the maroon community, enslaved Africans who escaped in the Americas and formed independent communities with indigenous peoples. In 2015, UNESCO recognized their marimba music as Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Taking its name from a river that runs from Ecuador into Colombia, Rio Mira is living proof of the rich history of the northwestern coast of South America. Recalling the history of the Pacific, the music is a reminder of the unity that binds together a region divided by state borders.
This concert is presented in partnership by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and Multiflora Productions.