Los Cañoneros

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Los Cañoneros
Performing Live at Centro de Arte La Estancia
Background information
Origin Venezuelan flag Caracas, Distrito Capital, Venezuela
Genres Venezuelan music, Cañonera music
Years active 1982–present
Labels Palacio de la Música
Website http://www.loscanoneros.com/
Members Hely Orsini
Ylich Orsini
Arnaldo Sánchez
Benjamín Brea
Andrés Romero
Salvador Sáez
Army Zerpa
Rafael Pino
Víctor Morles
Past members Augusto Rousset
Andrés Rousset

The group Los Cañoneros is a popular Venezuelan cañonero group. It was created to emulate the times and songs of Caracas in 1920. They make their first public appearance in Mérida, in the Bullfighting Arena of Mérida November 20, 1982.

In Caracas they were an overwhelming success, enlivening parties and private shows. Then came the professionalization by recording several albums, performing on radio and television.

They have toured in Spain, Germany, Portugal and the Caribbean countries.

The "cañonera music" is a musical style born in the capital of Venezuela in the early 20th century. It is the first urban musical expression in this country. It has many similarities with the Dixieland developed in New Orleans. The groups that play "cañonera" music include several Venezuelan rhythms like the venezuelan merengue, a variant of the pasodoble, joropo, and Venezuelan waltz.

Currently there are only two groups dedicated to preserving the traditional music of Caracas: Los Antaños del Stadium (1946) and Los Cañoneros.

Their most recent record is Esta es Caracas (2012), a venezuelan merengue featuring some of the most important singers in Venezuela: Cecilia Todd, Horacio Blanco (lead vocal for the ska band Desorden Publico), Ramsés Meneses a.k.a. McKlopedia, Aristides Barbella (Malanga (es)), Max Pizzolante, Francisco Pacheco and Serenata Guayanesa.

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