The Sound of Music of Sol Latino
text and photos by Pinar IstekAs I was wandering the streets of La Antigua on a Saturday afternoon in search of photographic opportunities, I heard a wonderful melody coming from the central park.
Surrounded by an appreciative crowd, a group of musicians known as Grupo Sol Latino, were playing Andean music, which originated in the Incan Empire before the European conquest.
Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela are among this music’s native countries. Some of the traditional instruments are the charango, a 10-stringed instrument, which looks like a tiny guitar; the siku, in different sizes, made from bamboo shoots; the antara, made from a type of cane; and the quena.
You can hear Grupo Sol Latino Wednesday through Sunday from 7 to 10 p.m. at La Peña de Sol Latino Restaurant & Bar in Antigua, located on 5a calle poniente #15-C.