Norbert Plaza Insuasty
In contemporarytimes, the rajaleña and bambuco constitute distinctive symbols andfolklore of the Department of Huila, despite being grown in other departments ofColombia, especially in Antioquia, Cundinamarca, Boyacá, Santander, Tolima andValle del Cauca.
The"rajaleña" has been defined as the bambuco raw, unadulterated, authentic. Thefeeling is all the land of the upper Magdalena, is the popular dance of the ancientCalentana. It isthe sincere joy of our farmers.
Who did not know this dance where the drums resound with the guachapeo the trebleand the oak while the song is sung?Give this drum hard
Runs out of crack;
That is sick sticks Mount
And there is one who knows style.
In the "rajaleña" is the tradition of Tolima Grande. No one is imperviousto nationalbambuco father, without smiling proudly sing their songs because its plains, its rivers, especially the Rio Grande de la Magdalena, and the love of beautiful women. The rajaleña belongs to the genre of the verses in the song, dance and tune isconcerned. In Colombia, these songs of Spanish origin are given different names depending on thedepartments.
In Antioquia and Caldas Viejo retain the name of trova, in the Llanos Orientalescounterpoint, in the whirlwind Santanderes in guabinas Boyacá, on theAtlantic CoastPiqueria and rajaleñas Huila and Tolima.
According to Morales rajaleña Abbey was an old song of the hacienda peons ofHuila, simple and elementary musical tune of great originality in his singing, usuallycolorful and two-way rude makeshift farmers in charge of "splitting the wood" toconsumption in the kitchen.