Grupo Folklorico
"Los Jateros"
 
History

The Folkloric group LOS JATEROS, from Fregenal de la Sierra (Extremadura) was created in 1965, to dance and sing in the feasts and sanctuary of the saint patron of Fregenal, the "Virgen de los Remedios". Not forgetting our values, little by little, the group starts to grow up and work in more scenes, turning into a group with the aim of spreading the popular dances and songs from Extremadura.

The goup is 49 years old (1965-2014), and in those years, we have travelled around all the Extremaduran geography, participating in a long list of festivals in a long list of cities and villages inside our beloved Extremadura.

In the same way, the group has participated in similar festivals all over the country, such as Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Salamanca, Huelva, Jerez de la Frontera, Tenerife, Mallorca... representing Extremadura in many national festivals, like "II Festival das Autonomías" (Vigo, 1987), the "XXV Festival Folklórico Internacional de los Pirineos" (Jaca, 1987 and 2007), the European Festival (Aranda de Duero, 2005), the "VIII Muestra de Folklore del Penedés" (Tarragona, 2008) or the "V Festival Internacional de Folklore de Araona" (Tenerife, 2010).

The popular dances and songs from Extremadura have gone out of Spain thanks to our group, taking part in almost all European countries and some other far away from Europe; for example Portugal, France, Switherland, Germany, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Argentina...

We have performanced many times in radio and TV national and regional programs. We have recorded four CDs in all our story; the last one, in 2006, titled "Los Jateros 1994-2006". In 2009, we won the prize of traditional music in the "II Premios de la Música de Extremadura - Extremeña Sonora 2009".

Apart from its performances, the group has a Dance and Popular Extremaduran songs School in the village, composed by more or less 200 people.

LOS JATEROS are organizers of the International "Festival de la Seirra" (Festisierra), declared a festivity of Regional Tourist Interest by the Government of Extremadura, during all years this Government convoked.

We are one of the founding member of the Folklore Extremaduran Federation; we belong to other national folkloric asociations, such as the National Folklore Confederation (CONFEE), and the International Folklore Festivals Organizers (FESTIFOLK).

The group is composed by more than 300 people in all its categories; children, teenagers and adults, this last one, formed by 70 people.

Grupo Folklorico "Los Jateros"
http://www.losjateros.com