With moving tributes to the "essentials" and Julián Zini, began the 31st National Festival of Chamamé

The priests Ariel Giménez and Antonio Rosi took the post, who highlighted the “revelde poetry” of the chamamecero father, affirming that “today he is here making us sick.” Then the Neike Chamigo group that accompanied him until his last days dedicated their music to him on the Sosa Cordero stage, where later, the director of the Institute of Cardiology, Julio Vallejos, recited with a staging to honor essential personnel who fight against the pandemic.

After 8 pm, the conductors of the maximum Fiesta de los Corrientes, Myriam Fleitas and Gustavo Altamirano, welcomed the public present at the Amphitheater, and those who follow the event through its live broadcast. In this way, they gave rise to the procession and entrance of the image of the Virgin of Itatí to the “Osvaldo Sosa Cordero” stage, which was transported as every year on his horse, Alfredo Ellero, the pilgrim and recognized devotee of the Virgin. , who was also escorted by Heroes of the Malvinas in the context of the 40th anniversary of the historic deed in the Malvinas. The Pilgrim Virgin of Itatí will remain every night of Chamamé.

“The image of our Mother is the one that always opens the Festival, I am only a bearer of pure faith, she is the one that took me 25 years on horseback throughout the country,” said Afredo Ellero.

Fathers Andrés Giménez and Andrés Rossi took the stage to pay homage to Julián Zini with a prayer to bless the Fiesta, accompanied by a chamamecera melody. “We know that he lives and that he is here today poisoning us,” was one of the phrases cited in the moving tribute.

Next, the Buena Fe group opened the stage, delighting the audience with their music. Next, “Osvaldo Sosa Cordero” danced on the stage different folk dance couples from the interior to the melodies of the first group that appeared. The municipal couples were from Caá Catí, Chavarría, Colonia Carolina, Capital, Empedrado, Esquina, Alvear, Gobernador Martínez, Virazoro, Itá Ibaté, Itatí, Ituzaingó, Mercedes, Monte Caseros, Paso de la Patria, Riachuelo, San Luis, San Roque , San Miguel, and Santo Tomé.

Consecutively, Lourdes Montenegro and Jonathan Roth, National Couple of Chamamé 2021 who finished their cycle were succeeded, through Resolution No. 897 of December 21, 2021 of the Corrientes Institute of Culture, by Milagros Cerdán and Diego Jara, natives of San Miguel Corrientes , representatives to the San Luis del Palmar Pre-Fiesta Contest Venue, and now Chamamé National Couple 2022. The presentation of the representative bands was carried out by the president of the Institute of Culture, Gabriel Romero; the Minister of Culture of Misiones, Joselo Schuap; and the president of the Institute of Culture of Chaco, Francisco Romero. In the same way Oriana Ortinelli, and Ariel Gonzales from Machagai Chaco were elected National Youth Couple 2022.

Gabriel Romero: “the greatest legacy we have to have is to continue taking care of ourselves”

The president of the Institute of Culture of Corrientes, Gabriel Romero, on the beginning of the National Festival of Chamamé expressed that “I am very happy for the return, following all the health recommendations, and happy to meet and enjoy Chamamé.”

In addition, Romero highlighted the heartfelt tributes to Father Julián Zini, and to the doctors in the pandemic, and in this regard he stated that Zini “was one of the great losses we had, and the doctors thing seems very exciting to me,” adding that “the greatest legacy that we must have to continue taking care of ourselves and valuing the lives that were lost.

Lastly, Romero stressed that in order to hold the Fiesta it was necessary to “reduce the capacity by 70% in the number of stalls, differentiated seats were marked so that the bubbles could be recognized”, and added that “three different entrances were set up, and behind the stage there is a security device to have seven dressing rooms that are sanitized every time they are released”.

Francisco Romero: “the Chamamé is part of the heritage of the Chaco-Guaranitica region”

For his part, the president of the Institute of Culture of Chaco, Francisco Romero, declared that he appeared “with a dual purpose, on the one hand with the Minister of Culture of Chaco and the President of Culture of Formosa, from a distance, we made a meeting by the Cultural Entity of the NEA, a common project that Gabriel Romero presented to us to hold a MERCOSUR congress for tangible and intangible heritage, in which we are going to do it from the Northeast at an international level”.

“And then why not be here if the Chamamé is part of the heritage of the Chaco-Guaranitica region, and seeing how the Chamamé brings us together is a great pleasure,” concluded the president of the Chaco Institute of Culture.

Tributes to Julián Zini and the essential workers of the pandemic

Next, the accordionist Abel Fernández and his group were present on stage, to later give rise to the Neike Chamigo Group where Pai Julián Zini performed in his last years, for this reason, the tribute they gave him with his music was highlighted. . In addition, the group emphasized the work of the Malvinas Ex-Combatants in the war for the Islands.

Then the singer Silvina Escalante, Coquimarola and their Ensemble took the stage, and fascinated those present with the delight of their music.

Consecutively, a heartfelt tribute was paid to essential workers in the pandemic, such as Health and Safety personnel, the Fire Department, among others. For this reason, a dancer dressed as a doctor and a dancer in police attire danced on stage while the cardiologist and director of the Institute of Cardiology, Julio Vallejos, recited verses referring to said situation.

Doctor Alejandro Benigno “Tato” Ramírez was in charge of the music, doctor Julio Vallejos (cardiologist), doctor Oscar Carmañola, doctor Ricardo Simeone (psychiatrist), and María del Rosario Escobar (graduated in Kinesiology), who he sang to the sick in the Field Hospital.

“When we didn’t understand anything and everything caught fire, we had them, those essential workers fighting against an invisible enemy, they were in the line of fire, because we lived through a war,” was one of the most prominent phrases by the announcers, Along with the statement that “we must honor those men and women who left their families, with fear and anguish, and went to do their duty, they are heroes.”

Joint performance of the Patricios Regiment Symphony and the Corrientes Police Music Band

The Patricios Regiment Symphony “Tambor de Tacuarí” was present at the most outstanding Chamamé event in the entire country, together with the Corrientes Police Music Band “Cazadores Correntinos” where they performed together, on stage from the Cocomarola Amphitheater, chamamecera melodies.

Both Bands paid tribute to the Malvinas Ex-Combatants as well as those who fell in war, stating with a strong tone that “the Malvinas are and will be Argentines, long live the Homeland”, and executing the Malvinas March.


The president of the Institute of Culture, Gabriel Romero; the Minister of Culture of Misiones, Joselo Schuap; the president of the Institute of Culture of Chaco, Francisco Romero; and the director of the Cardiological Institute, Julio Vallejos.

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