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Baudilio Guama Rentería

marimba instrument maker and musician, Buenaventura

Baudilio Guama is a well-known marimba de chonta builder. Baudilio builds this traditional instrument of the Pacific rainforest from local wood, including the palma de chonta which is a hard, dark, durable wood. He sells the instruments to music groups throughout the region.

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Baudilio Guama Rentería
Baudilio Guama Rentería

Baudilio Guama Rentería tunes his marimba de chonta.
Photo by JB Weilapp, Smithsonian Institution