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The Africans brought as slaves by force and dispossessed of all property settled in the territory of the Yungas, sharing this vast region with Aymara and mestizos. The populations of Coroico, Mururata, Chicaloma, Calacala - Coscoma and Irupana are now afroyungueña enclaves of cultural production. As time passed the original dress was covering African Aymara clothing. Since their social rent had to fight hard against colonial aggression and marginalization. For this reason many of their native cultural practices were lost, including festivals, language, spiritual sense, forms of marriage, etc..

The musical instruments that are used to execute these African rhythms are the drum major, changers (drums medium), small boxes or guanyengö (which means Penguin) and cuancha (instrument made ​​of bamboo pole, also called Raca-Raca)


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Since their social rent, they had strongly to fight against the colonial aggression and the exclusion. For this reason its cultural practices began to disappear, including its feasts, language, spiritual sense, ways of wedding, and so on.
However, the resistance was a fact in the stronghold of dance and music. And one of these dances is Saya together with Condombe.



La Saya
The dance and the music of saya are the most original expression that they keep from their cultural origin: it is their cultural synthesis. Maybe that is why nobody can interpret it, except the afroyungueños themselves.
The musical instruments that accompany saya have been reconstructed or re-interpreted: bigger bass drum, over bass drum fife, over fife and gangingo, as an accompaniment is the Coancha.
The rhythm and the way of interpretation is quite peculiar, the beginning of every rhythm of Saya is beaten by the jingle bell of the foreman or caporal who guides the dance of the saya.
The costume is simple. The women dress like the Aymara "warmis" (women): a bright-colorful blouse adorned with ribbons. The colorful pollera (a kind of skirt), the manta (back cover) in their hand and a bore-slain hat.
Men wear a hat, a feast shirt, an Aymara slash around the waist, a bayeta (a woolen thick cloth) pants and sandals.
The troop of dancers has a guide the caporal or capataz (foreman) with a cudgel or whip in his hand, pants decorated and jingle bells at his ankles; it represents the hierarchy and order; he is not the naughty and bossy one as among the Negroes.
The role of the woman in the dance is as important as is in the community. Among them, there is the guide that orders the saya and directs the group of women.
The men simultaneously touch the bass drum and one of them strums the coancha (req'e). The women sing and dance, moving their hips, shoulders and shaking their hands, in counter pointing or dialoguing with the men.
The choreography does not seem at all the rhythm of the caporals. Those who confuse these rhythms unfortunately have never seen or heard the dance and music of saya. There are no shades or similitudes, saya is saya, and caporal is just caporal.



The Tundiqui or Negritos
When in the beginning the Negroes shared their territory, the culture and the historical time with the Aymara, both unknown, acknowledged they as part of the exploitation work.
But it was the fight for liberty that united the have-nots. At the same time, history and geography give away to a dialog among cultures.
The Aymara, a free man from his origins, always admired the Negroes for their patience and rebelliousness. The Aymara excellent hosts, acknowledged a Negro, as a struggle brother for liberty. As a sample, we can mention the legend of Samba Salvito who had among his friends, many indigenous Aymara from Yungas







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