Study Guide 2017
About Pancho and Sal a.k.a  Rio Samaya Band

With Mediterranean and Latin roots, Pancho and Sal
have captured the hearts of young and old audiences around the world. Their unique show includes traditional and original music flavored with Latin rhythms and Spanish lyrics accompanied by guitar, accordion, charango, flute, ukulele,  drums and shakers.

They have performed at schools, community centers, theatres and
neighborhood houses around the Lower Mainland.
Working together with teachers; Pancho and Sal raise the awareness
of appreciation of the Spanish language and culture. 
Their songs and translations during he program invite the students to participate and sing along.
At present, they also do shows for French schools mixing English,
Spanish and French.
Pancho and Sal leave their audience with the feeling of Latin music and rhythms in their bodies, inspiring them to explore different types of music, travel and even learn Spanish!

Available to do Artist in Residence, a program that covers 5 days,
Monday to Friday, working with each class twice during the week, sharing original songs and dances with percussion participation by the students,  a happy atmosphere where music is introduced to students ina very simple way, to understand and to play.

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The history of the guitar originated in the Arabian countries
with only  5 strings. It was later adopted by Spain
where they added another string making it one of the
most famous instruments worldwide.


An accordeon is a musical instrument of the
handheld bellows-driven free reed aero phone family,
sometimes referred to as a squeezebox.
The accordion is played by compressing and expanding
the bellows, while pressing buttons or keys to allow air
to flow across reeds, thereby producing tones and chords.
Accordions are played worldwide, being especially popular i
n South America and Europe.


The charango is a small 10 string instrument typical of Bolivia,
Chile, Peru and Argentina.  Originally they were made
with Armadillo shells to make a resonating sounding case,
but now they are more commonly made out of wood. 
It sounds like a harp and plays lead, rhythms and percussion.


The bombo is a very deep sounding drum made from
hollowing out a tree with llama or sheep skins
placed on either side. 
It is the bass instrument of the South American native music.


The Quena is made from a single piece of bamboo with 7 holes in it. 
It is the only flute in the world that can play 3 perfect octaves
making amazing harmonies


Cha-chas are a percussion instrument made out of goats' hooves.
The sound is high-pitched and beautiful.  
In Canada, the First Nations people use the deer hooves 
in the same way. The cha-chas are often worn around
the ankles and wrists played at the same time with the drum.


Shakers are made with cans or dried husks of fruit. 
The hollowed out containers are filled with dry rice,
beans, corn or seeds to make different sounds. 
The shaker is an international instrument. 
They add energy and are the heart of the rhythm
of the South American music.  


Developed in the 1880s, the ukulele is based on several small guitar-like arrived here, have been delighting the people with nightly street concerts."[8]
One of the most important factors in establishin the ukulele in Hawaiian music and culture was the ardent support and promotion of the instrument by King Kalākaua.
A patron of the arts, he incorporated it into performances at royal gatherings.


The harmonica was developed in Europe in the early part of the 19th century. It is played by blowing air into it or drawing air out by placing lips over the holes.
It is typical to hear the harmonica or harp accompanying music called "Blues". The harmonica has been adopted
by all cultures in their folk tunes.