Vocal and instrumental music are intimately linked to folklore, where “el Tamborito” and “Cumbia” are amongst the most deeply-rooted forms.
Some of the most popular typical dances are “el Punto”, “ la Mejorana”, “el Atravesao” and “el Bullerengue”. Other dances are: los diablitos, los grandiablos, los congos, los cocuás, el torito, la pajarilla, the Cuenecué or pure blacks’ dance and indigenous dances.
Peasants make their own musical instruments to accompany their songs and dances. Some of the most outstanding are: the mejorana, the bocona, the rabel or Creole violin, guáchara or rattle, maracas and drums.
Likewise, indigenous groups manufacture their own instruments which vary from one group to another.
Local folklore is enriched by the fact that the capital of this country includes 3 cities in one: The Old Panama, with its settlers’ reminiscence; Colonial Panama, with its colourful architecture depicting Spanish and French cultural influence; and Modern Panama, a cosmopolitan axe of tropical exuberance and beauty and countless attractions.