Simona Esquina Changes to the Role of the King

Interviewee: Simona Esquina
Excerpt Description: In this excerpt, Esquina discusses the changes she has seen in the Congo tradition over the course of her lifetime. Specifically, she talks about the ways in which the king's role has diminished since her father once played it.
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Interviewer: Renee Alexander Craft
Secondary Interviewer: Gustavo Esquina
Date of Interview: 7-May-03
Interview Location: Interviewee's home in Portobelo, Panama
Interview Transcribed By: Gustavo Esquina
English Translation By: Oronike Odeleye
Ethnoracial Identity Discussed: Afro-Colonial, Afrodescendiente
Cultural Identity: "Revellín" or Primary singer in the Congo tradition, Congo
Location Mentioned: Portobelo, Panama
Congo Spaces:
Congo Characters: Congo King/ Juan de Dioso
Congo Tradition Mentioned: Congo characters, Congo drama, Congo game, Continuity and change
Cultural Organization: Congos
Themes Mentioned: Congo king, Congo tradition, Cultural change, Ritual performance
Cultural Festivals: Carnival
People Mentioned: Vicente Esquina
Time Period Mentioned: 1932-1946, 1947-1963, 1964-1979, 1980-1988, 1989-2003, 2004-present
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Photo by: Oronike Odeleye