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August 27, 2018 - August 29, 2018

We are proud to present the next World Music Workshop with Pierr Padilla Vásquez, organised by the International School of Music Finland in cooperation with the Global Music Centre and Kilombo Festival.


The cajón is one of the most emblematic Afro-Peruvian percussion instruments. Its history and tradition dates back to the 18th century, during the Colonial time in Peru.

The cajón is traditionally used in Afro-Peruvian musical genres such as landó, zamacueca, alcatraz, panalivio, son de los diablos, and festejo, the most representative among them. This instrument is also used in other genres of the coastal region of Peru: Peruvian vals, polca criolla, tondero, and marinera. In addition, it has been largely adopted into the realm of World Music. Nowadays, its versatility is highly valued by percussionists of several styles worldwide.

Festejo is the most representative dance and musical genre of the Afro-Peruvian folklore. It is distinguished by its jubilant lyrics referring to celebratory events of the Afro-Peruvian community. Its musical structure is characterised by a strong presence of percussion sets, being cajón the main instrument of the ensemble.

This workshop offers an introduction to the main Afro-Peruvian musical genres through the practice of cajón. It will be focused on the performance of festejo. The workshop is open to both professional and amateur musicians. You can bring along other percussion instruments such as bongo, conga and cowbell.


  • Overview on the history of Afro-Peruvian music and cajón
  • Main techniques of Peruvian cajón
  • Rhythmical patterns of festejo
  • Accompaniment and rhythmical structure of festejo: verse, chorus, and fuga
  • Festejo percussion ensemble: cajón, congas, bongo, and cowbell

Dates: Mon 27.8.2018 and Tue 28.8.2018
Time: 17:00–20:00
Location: Global Music Centre (Hämeentie 34 D, Helsinki)
Price: 50€ for two days; 30€ for one day

For all enquiries please contact Camilo Pajuelo and remember to sign up in advance!
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August 27, 2018
August 29, 2018


Global Music Center
Hämeentie 34 D
Helsinki, Finland
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