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Venezuela obtains Guinness World Record for largest folk-music orchestra

Venezuela obtains Guinness World Record for largest folk-music orchestra, EFE

Venezuela on Tuesday obtained a Guinness World Record for the largest folk-music orchestra with a recital by 400 musicians in the western Zulia state.

The record was claimed to the sound of the gaita, a popular genre in this oil-rich region.

The band played and sang around 10 songs dedicated to Maracaibo, the capital of Zulia and also name of a lake in the city which is the largest in Latin America, as well as to La Chinita, a manifestation of the Virgin Mary venerated in the country and in neighboring Colombia.

The concert took place in front of a Basilica in the city and was held on Tuesday, which was also the national gaita day.

The orchestra was conducted by cuatro player, guitarist and arranger, Humberto Bracho.

Zulia’s governor, Manuel Rosales, who was present at the event, hailed the world record.

“Today the Zulian bagpipe is painted in the universe and resounds strongly. This wonderful event is an example of the perseverance and dedication of our gaiteros,” he wrote on Twitter.

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