Celebrated Nicaraguan singer/songwriter Katia Cardenal will be performing at Garden Café’s Garden Concert Series for a special two-night performance in Granada on Feb. 14 and 15.
Katia, a folksinger of the nueva trova movement, performed for more than 30 years with her brother Salvador Cardenal in the famous Nicaraguan duo Guardabarranco, which was known for classical songs like Guerrero del amor, Guardabosques, Casa Abierta and Colibri. Salvador Cardenal died in 2010 after a long battle with a rare disease known as Cryoglobulinemia, but we are fortunate to have Katia continue to perform and share their amazing music and message with the world.
The musically gifted siblings began singing together in 1980, shortly after the Sandinistas overthrew the dictatorship of Gen. Anastasio Somoza. The duo joined the new government’s literacy campaign and traveled the countryside to teach campesinos how to read and write.
In the early 1980s, a new musical movement spread through Central America known as nueva canción (new song). It was a non-partisan, humanistic and often gentle trend toward folk music about social issues. Guardabarranco’s style fit well into the category, although the siblings’ compositions have eschewed specific issues of global politics in favor of personal truths and uplifting spirit.
Guardabarranco’s delicate tunes combine elements of traditional folk and pop music and address subjects such as hope, nature, respect, justice, love and introspection, without indulging in polemics.
Come experience the lovely and timeless music of Katia Cardenal and Guardabarranco on Feb. 14 and 15. The shows start at 7:30 p.m. Reserve your table now at 2552-8582. Follow us on Facebook.