A local Marimba group is on its way to the Republic of China on Taiwan. The group, Los Hijos del West from Benque Viejo Del Carmen traveled today to Taiwan to take part in the Yilan International Children’s Folklore and Folkgames Festival. Los Hijosdel West has been playing marimba music since 2013. They will be performing Mayan Cultural, contemporary and popular music during their stay in Taiwan. Ian Yacab, Director and Founder, says this is their very first international trip, and the group is excited.
Ian Yacab, Director: “We have been working a lot for this opportunity that has been given to us and we have been practicing for two months until now and we have been raising funds as well, doing our party and NICH has been giving us funds as well so NICH has done their part and we have been doing our part as well. What we are going to be doing there is a cultural exchange where we are going to be playing a lot of our traditional original music from Benque Viejo and we will be playing Garifuna music and Kriol music as well from Belize so it’s a variety of music from our country that we are taking.”
Christian Archila, Member: “I feel honored and privileged to be doing this. I will be representing our country and especially we will be performing with the Marimba which is something that makes our town really proud.”
Emil Hernandez, Member: “This trip is very with mixed emotions because we are going for a month, we won’t be able to see our family, well we will because of the technology but to interact with them face to face but most of all I have to say that we are confident of what we are going to present because the Marimba is not an instrument that is seen daily and it is something that would be new.”
Luis Quiroz, Member: “I feel honored and excited because it’s going to be my first time going away from my family and friends for a month so I will enjoy as much as I can and interact with my family and enjoy with my friends right here a lot.”
The group will be in Taiwan for one month, returning on August 23. The Yilan International Children’s Folklore and Folkgames Festival is held every summer. First held in 1996, the festival is one of the most important annual summer events in Yilan.