"Los chimichimitos" is a folk dance from Venezuela that's often performed by young children who play the different characters that are part of the song.

According to legends from Margarita Island in the olden days, "Los chimichimitos" refers to spirits of people who died before being baptized. They would become some sort of spirits like elves that would try to lure children with candy and toys to their dark caves.

The Tamboré is a folk dance and game from Margarita Island. It's said that large groups of chimichimitos have been seen on the shore in large groups in a circle, holding hands while playing the Tamboré.

Notes

Note: In the chorus, a "coro" can be a chorus but also a round (circle formed by people holding hands). So the chorus can be understood as "The chimichimitos were dancing to the chorus, little chorus" or "The chimichimitos were dancing the circle dance, little circle dance."

Another Verse:

Que baile la bruja
Tamboré
Que la baile el bonito
Tamboré

Translation:

Let the witch dance
The Tamboré!
Let the pretty one dance
The Tamboré!

Game Instructions

To Dance Los Chimichimitos:

Everyone either stands in a circle or a line. The children play a role in pairs of boys and girls. So one girl will be the old lady and one will be the old man. When that pair is sung about they go into the middle of the circle or in front of the line and dance. The old lady and man can be dressed as old people and dance like they're old.

Comments

"The Chimichimitos" is used for the Carnival in the eastern regions of Venezuela.

Read more about Los Chimichimitos on Margarita Island (in Spanish).

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Los Chimichimitos

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Translated by Lisa Yannucci and Monique Palomares.

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