The Sound of Music of Sol Latino

Grupo Sol Latino playing at La Antigua Guatemala's Central Park (photo by Pinar Istek)

Grupo Sol Latino playing at La Antigua Guatemala's Central Park (photo by Pinar Istek)

text and photos by Pinar Istek

Grupo Sol Latino instruments (photo by Pinar Istek)

Grupo Sol Latino instruments (photo by Pinar Istek)

As 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.

2 comments

  • John

    Where can you buy Grupo Sol Latino music in the USA? I bought 3 of thier CD in Antigua a few years ago and would like to get more.

  • MaggieD

    Unless they have a new site, it is possible that you cannot purchase their CD’s in the US – you’ll just have to go back to LAG and buy directly from them. BTW, they have a new one – I was just there in Sept. and bought it.

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