This is what the Venezuelans had with the Guaco Orchestra!
— Guaco (@OficialGuaco) October 19, 2019
Guaco is a tropical music band from Venezuela that was formed in Maracaibo by Mario Viloria, Alfonso “Pompo” Aguado, and Fernando Domínguez in 1968. Viloria, the main founder, retired to focus on his college studies; he was the group’s main composer for several years. His home was also the main place where practices were held in the group’s early years. The name Guaco is attributed a bird named “Guaco” that would fly over Viloria’s house every morning. The band began as a gaita zuliana group, and during the 70s diverged from the traditional way of playing the genre by integrating it with elements of salsa music (such as complex horn arrangements), and adding in violins and electric guitars which were very unusual instruments to be included in a gaita band. Today, the Guaco rhythm continues to evolve through a complex mixture of gaita, salsa, pop music, jazz, funk and even rock and roll and vallenato rhythms, concocting a recognizable and unique style that is considered to be a hallmark of the tropical music genre.