Los Hijos Del West are travelling to the 10th “Festival Nacional de Marimbas Limonal Abangares” in Costa Rica. This festival is normally an exhibition of Costa Rica’s national bands, however, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary the organizers have invited international marimba groups from Guatemala, Argentina, Mexico and Belize to participate.
The Benque Viejo Del Carmen based marimba group “Los Hijos del West”, through its personal and collective efforts, ensured participation by fundraising to cover their flights, improve on items such as uniforms and instruments and purchased promotional materials for this event. Some band members who were unable to meet costs were sponsored by other entities. In-kind assistance was provided by the community of Benque Viejo and other agencies.
The group consisting of ten (10) members, ages 10 to 25 years old, traveled to Costa Rica today, Tuesday, July 16 and return on Friday, July 26th, 2019. They will be on tour in Costa Rica through various provinces promoting Belize and performing with other international groups. Group leader Ian Yacab says, “This is a wonderful opportunity for the group. It gives us the opportunity to meet, exchange ideas and perform with marimba artists in Costa Rica.”
The Marimba is the national instrument of Costa Rica. The “Festival Nacional de Marimbas” is a national festival where various marimba groups from all over Costa Rica are invited to perform, amounting to 50 groups that participate in the Festival with an estimated audience of 50,000 persons.