Treasures From The Past
THE Danses de Portitxol group has presented its first disc, Un tresor heretat (An inherited treasure).
The disc is a compilation of songs that go back to Javea’s roots, a project with notable contributors who included Pep Gimeno “Botifarra”, the traditional Valencian cantaor from Xativa.
There was further input from Ximo Bolufer, Pepa Guardiola, Amadeu Ros and Josep Castello, leading figures on the local cultural scene who supplied texts that helped to recall the town as it was in the 18th and 19th century.
The project has taken the Portitxol group a step further in its constant efforts to maintain and recover the traditional dances and music of Javea and the Marina Alta in general.
The disc was recently presented in public in the Plaza de la Iglesia, featuring a rondalla – an ensemble of stringed instruments – and a display of traditional dances that took spectators back to the prosperous days of Javea’s raisin trade.
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