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Migdonio Rivas Ríos

chirimía music instrument maker, Quibdó

Migdonio Rivas is one of few regional experts who makes percussion instruments for chirimía ensembles. He learned the trade from his father, and he works alongside his brother in their shop. He worries that his art will be lost because traditional materials are being replaced with synthetic ones.

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Migdonio Rivas Ríos
Migdonio Rivas Ríos

Migdonio Rivas Ríos maks a traditional percussion intrument for chirimía music ensembles. Photo by Joe Frugal, Smithsonian Institution