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The most popular kind of group performing during the Cadiz Carnival
Stands out for: cane whistles and making people laugh
Did you know? the winner of the 2008 Cadiz Carnival competition (COAC) was the chirigota Las Pito-Risas


At carnival time the chirigotas are all the rage. Singers dress up in costume and riddle their songs with jokes. Why? To make as many people laugh as possible. The audience is very much involved and during two weeks of non-stop partying they roam the streets during the Cadiz Carnival in search of wit and humour.

By: Juan Martín-Arroyo

Chirigotas are carnival groups made up of around twelve singers whose main objective is to make their audience laugh. Coplas (popular folk songs) are usually funny, except in the case of the pasadobles (only performed in some chirigotas). The latter aim is to praise or criticise Cadiz, or even some hot topic of debate the audience can relate with.

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Chirigotas are made up of two sounds: the tenor and bass. Accompanying the voices are one or two guitars, a bass drum with cymbal, a box and, of course, a cane whistle, a feature of all the carnival groups except for the coros.

The most common folksongs performed by the chirigotas are the cuplés, all accompanied with a final chorus and ending with a joke. This is what you are most likely to see out on the street at carnival time. Made up of anywhere between four and twenty musicians, they are known as the illegal chirigotas. These groups have the strongest tie with the audience. The illegal chirigotas are out amongst the people all over Cadiz, in stark contrast to the groups who participate in the competition at the Gran Teatro Falla. These official performers usually play in flamenco bars and are seldom seen performing on the street. Sometimes however you may catch them showing off their repertoire on the stairs of the post office, Tavira Tower or the market square.

All the different kinds of carnival groups are dressed up in disguise. The coros and comparsas use the most sumptuous and imaginative costumes, while the chirigotas and cuartetos are much more silly. Their costumes relate to the contents of their lyrics and often inspire their compositions.




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El 13 February 2008 a las 3:04 PM, Juanito dijo... Pa darse un paseíto por la Viña un jueves de carnaval por la noche sin salir de casa.Vídeos, audios, fotos y libretos, única y exclusivamente de agrupaciones callejeras.Genial en actualización y diseño. Se necesita Real player. Blog de curiosidades, audios y vídeos sobre el carnaval de Cádiz muy interesante y divertido en todos sus apartados. Para ver todo tipo de carnaval: Todas las modalidades y desde todas las procedencias. Del Falla, callejeras, actuaciones, pregones, romanceros y curiosidades. Muy recomendable para iniciarse en ser oyente aficionado . Genial actualización y riquísimo contenido. Desde los primeros premios hasta el último cuarteto malo, aparecerán en esta página en vídeo.

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El 9 February 2009 a las 8:54 PM, lourdes y Juan dijo...

A los que les guste el carnaval, pero no les agrade ir cuando hay tanta gente por las calles. Les recomiendo el carnaval de los “jartibles”. Es el domingo siguiente al carnaval, pero no lo digais mucho para que no vayamos muchos.

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