Visitors to Finca Esperanza Verde are treated to a rousing performance around the bonfire by a group of musicians who live a 15 minute walk away though the woods. They play instruments native to Nicaragua made by artisans in Matagalpa. And do they play! The songs are popular among rural people in the northern areas of Nicaragua.
Ecotour groups spending 7 nights are treated to four musical performances including one by the very joyful and entertaining Children’s Music School, and another by members of the Musical Band of San Ramón who play instruments on permanent loan from Sister Communities of San Ramón. Having instruments gives this special group of young adults the opportunity to create band music while at the same time building self-esteem as they bring in income from the various gigs they hustle.
As soon as a musical performance starts, the ecotour group is joined by people streaming in from all around to enjoy the performance. The role music plays in the local culture is enhanced by these performances and over the years the quality of music has improved and the number of music groups increased.
“There is something magical happening when a bunch of kids with a good teacher begin to make really good music. And that magic spreads to the whole community.”
— Bob Hollister
“The on-looking young boys were fascinated by the music school performance.”
— Ann Ringland