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Guatemala and I´ts music

The Guatemalan cultural diversity gets outstanding in the musical expression of it´s people.  According to regions, weather or language, the diversity of music is within.    However, there is a common element that brings all Guatemalans together no matter their origin, ethnics, or social status: The Marimba.  Like the tortilla, the Marimba is one of those “Non official Patriotic Symbols”.  It´s sound could easily be named as “The sound of Guatemala”;It was precisely in Guatemala, in the hands of composer Sebastián Hurtado that the Marimba, being an instrument with some physical limitations, suffer modifications to become a concert instrument where it is possible to execute the complete chromatic scale and for whom it have been written a numberless of great melodies of different genders. 

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The amazing past of Guatemala, and the fusion of two cultures, Mayan and Spanish allowed that several centuries after, an entity like UNESCO, stated three Guatemalan sites as World Heritage.
Antigua Guatemala: 
“As pronounced by UNESCO”
Antigua was founded in the early 16th century.  Called, the capital of the Captaincy-General of Guatemala It served as the capital for the Spanish colonial government in Central America. Built 1,500 m above sea-level in an earthquake-prone region, it was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1773.  In the space of under three centuries the city, which was built on a grid pattern inspired by the Italian Renaissance,  After several earthquakes in the 18th century, the seat of government was moved to a safer place. The name

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A sunny Sunday, October 29, 1906, people of Guatemala saw for the first time, the geography of their country like flying upwards.

It was opened at Minerva Park (Today Hipodromo del Norte, Zone 2), the Relief Map of Guatemala. This is a unique and amazingly detailed three-dimensional map of the country in concrete created by the engineer Francisco Vela. It took 18 months for Vela to see his masterpiece finished. 

He traveled all over Guatemala country; sometimes by train, sometimes on foot, sometimes in a motorboat and sometimes riding a mule; taking notes, drawing and measuring, registering mile-metrically each one of the one hundred thousand kilometers of Guatemala

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Guatemala and the Nobel Prize

In the second half of 20th century, two Guatemalans had been honored with the Nobel Prize.  Miguel Angel Asturias-Literature (1967), Rigoberta Menchu-Peace (1992).
The first one undoubtedly is the most important writer in Guatemala, an obligated reference of Latin-American’s literature.  Poet, novelist and dramatist; Miguel Angel Asturia`s material is a powerful renovation of the Spanish language and a called to become aware of the almost slavery, social oppression of all Guatemalan native towns and American countries.   He was born on October 19th, 1899 in Guatemala City, and died on June 9th, 1974 in Madrid Spain. 

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