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Music of Paraguay

The folkloric traditional music of Paraguay is the Paraguayan polka and the Guarania. The Paraguayan polka comes from polka of Czech origin; that was danced for the first time in Asunción, on November 27, 1858. The guarania was created by the Paraguayan musician José Asunción Flores, in January 1925, after experiencing different arrangements with the old Paraguayan musical theme "Ma'erãpa reikuaase". The polka presents numerous variations on a similar rhythmic pattern, which are known as: Polka song, Galopa, Polka valseada, Polka popó, Polka jekutu, Polka kyre'y, Polka syryry, Purahéi jahe'o, Kyre'y, Chamamé, among other. Another rhythm created by the fusion of rhythms is called "Avanzada", which in 1977 was elaborated by the Paraguayan musician Oscar Nelson Safuán. The modern rhythms reached Paraguay in the 50s, with the importation of electronic instruments that began to use dance orchestras. Lorenzo Álvarez Florentín Emigdio Ayala Báez Agustín Barboza Juan Cancio Barreto Emilio Bobadilla Cáceres Luis Bordón Félix Pérez Cardozo Rolando Chaparro Celso Duarte Maneco Galeano Remberto Giménez Carlos Lara Bareiro Eladio Martínez Jorge "Lobito" Martínez Epifanio Méndez Fleitas Neneco Norton Antonio Ortiz Mayans Manuel Ortiz Guerrero Demetrio Ortiz Los Paraguayos Luis Alberto del Paraná Julián Rejala Elvio Romero Oscar Safuán Carlos Schvartzman Cayo Sila Godoy Luis Szarán Yndia

Paraguayan guitarists

Luis Alberto del Paraná Carlos Schvartzman Felipe Sosa

Paraguayan pianists

Florentín Giménez Carlos Schvartzman