• The International Trova Festival 2018 in Merida, Yucatan. Photo: Courtesy

That sound of soft music wafting throughout the Centro last night, and the night before, was the sound of trova.

Merida’s International Trova Festival attracted 25,000 attendees across the city, said Tourism Secretary Michelle Fridman.

Sunday night, a concert stage on the Paseo de Montejo, between the Walmart and the Fiesta Americana, was the big draw.

More stages, from the Music Palace, to Santa Lucia, to the Peon Contreras, were also devoted to Latin America’s traditional ballads over the weekend.

For his part, Gilberto Gil, Brazilian composer and political activist, said at a press conference that this was the first time in Yucatan. He spoke about the meaning of music and the impact of lyrics.


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