Nicaragüita Music From Nicaragua


01. Guardabarranco - Casa Abierta
02. Escuela de Marimba Flavio Galo - Mora Limpia
03. Erwin Krüger y El Trio Monimbo - Barrio de Pescadores
04. Carlos Mejia Godoy y Los de Palacaguina - Nicaragua Nicaraguita
05. Los de Palacaguina - Acuerdate de Mi
06. Tun Tun - Bailarlo Contigo
07. Guardabarranco - Dale una Luz
08. Grupo Kinteto - Danza Negra
09. Erwin Krüger y El Trio Monimbo - Los Zenzontles
10. Carlos Mejia Godoy y Los de Palacaguina - Son Tus Perjumenes Mujer
11. Escuela de Marimba Flavio Galo - El Gueguense
12. Guardabarranco - Colibri
13. Erwin Krüger y El Trio Monimbo - Mi Pueblito
14. Grupo Kinteto - Los Diablitos
15. Carlos Mejia Godoy y Los de Palacaguina - Alforja Campesina
 Music of Nicaragua is a mixture of indigenous and European, especially Spanish, influences. Musical instruments include the marimba and others that are common across Central America. Pop music includes Cuban, Brazilian, Mexican and Panamanian performers, as well as those from Europe and the United States.

Nicaraguans enjoys their local artist's music but also enjoy music from around the world. They enjoy the Dominican Republic's bachata and merengue, Jamaica's reggae, Panama's reggaeton and Colombia's Cumbia among other genres including pop. Among the younger crowds heavy metal and rock has become very popular.

Styles of music

Nicaraguan music is a mixture of different cultures from indigenous tribes, European conquerors, and slaves. Styles of music vary throughout the different regions in the country. In the Caribbean coast music with African and indigenous influence are heard, in the Pacific coast the music is considered to be a mixture of the indigenous and Spanish culture and in the North/Central region of Nicaragua the music has more of a European flavor, this is because of the significant wave of Europeans, mostly Germans, that live in the region. European influenced dances like the polka and Mazurka are also danced in this region.

The Caribbean coast of Nicaragua is known for its Palo de Mayo, which is a lively and sensual form of dance music that is especially loud and celebrated during the Palo de Mayo festival. The Garifuna community exists in Nicaragua and is known for its popular music called Punta. Also, Soca, Reggaeton and Reggae is popular throughout the country.

Rhythms like the trova became essential to writers in the post-war scenario of the 70s and 80s. Writers used trova to express social injustice, their hope for a better tomorrow, patriotism, and ecological conservation. This, in time, became a rhythm used in artistic Nicaraguan creations, and it therefore also became part of the culture. Well known in this category is Duo Guardabarranco, formed by the brothers Salvador and Katia Cardenal.

Another popular musical genre in Nicaragua is the Chicheros, often consisting of a trumpet and trombone or other brass instruments, with additional musicians playing various percussions. This is often to be heard in private parties around the country.


The marimba of Nicaragua distinguishes itself from the other forms of marimba in Central America by the way it is played. Nicaragua's marimba is played by a sitting performer holding the instrument on his knees. They are usually accompanied by a bass fiddle, guitar and guitarrilla (a small guitar similar to a mandolin). This music is played at social functions as a sort of background music. The marimba is made with hardwood plates, placed over bamboo or metal tubes of varying lengths. It is played with two or four hammers.

No comments: