And the last will be the first. So it was said and so it happened. After a magical third phase due to its high level for a contest that had been in the doldrums for years, the verdict was announced that nominated Mamelones as winners, the last to perform tonight who return to first place in acting after 10 years. The second and third prize went to Chinchositos, who had not been in the prizes since 2009, and Redoblones, respectively. The second prize went to Pita Pitos. In the presentation section, Distracted won followed by Chinchositos, who did a double. The third and second prize went to Redoblones and Rebeldes, respectively.
First of their phase and first time for them in Carnival. They presented themselves with a clear: “Now my murga is here”, which reflects the work that David Mederos has been doing since 2013 to carry out this formation that has made the children’s murga contest grow.
on your topic To get off to a good start, I write a diary and tell you about it, Ofra’s little ones volunteered to tell us what during these 6 months of rehearsal they have written in their diary about the Murgas Infantiles contest, to which they are presenting for the first time. After explaining to the public how much it cost to carry out a children’s murga and get components “There are many children but without desire”, they criticized the rhythm of the soundtrack of The Little Mermaid, the directives of the rest of the murgas for promoting competitiveness among children to continue with the amount of bases that the contest has. They finished their song by dedicating it to children with disabilities.
At its premiere, those from Ofra showed that they wanted to get on stage and managed to get the audience to stand up and clap at their farewell.
They began with a notable musical improvement and with a rhythm according to the occasion: New York, New York, the song made popular by Frank Sinatra, to introduce his New York taxi fantasy. After the presentation of Emily García, niece of the founder of the murga, Berto Marichal, they gave way to their parade: “I count the days to see you on the street.”
With taxi included on stage and to the rhythm of the song The taxi, by Osmani García, they began their theme for the contest by introducing themselves as taxi drivers from Santa Cruz. The journey of this carnival taxi began in Las Ramblas, where his grandfather got on. They took advantage of the moment to talk about the digital divide suffered by the elderly and the neglect suffered by administrations. The next passenger was a trumpet, which helped them remember it, give it importance and bring it back to life in this contest, being the first murga to use it this year in their repertoire.
They continued to criticize the influencers and parodying this figure to the rhythm of marmoset asked me from Bad Bunny. To continue the “race” picking up a foreigner and throwing children’s humor. She turned out to be Greta Thunberg, which they took advantage of to criticize microalgae and outfalls. They continued talking about bullying: “There are also social networks” to conclude by applauding all her classmates to the rhythm of stay of Quevedo.
The great musical improvement, the work of Cristo Casas, allowed the public to listen to a murga filled and enjoy more its well-spun, well-argued lyrics. Constant, funny and critical in equal measure, they signed his best performance in years. Quite a surprise.
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the children of the College and the lottery, themes that improved the contest years ago, were presented with one of the parades that make you fall in love and make your skin crawl: “I don’t think about more things than rehearsing every day.”
In their theme they invited the public to overcome the escape room de Pita Pitos presenting different tests that the murga must pass to get out. The first test was to create a stanza with the first 10 letters of the alphabet and with the “Canariedad key”, taking Canarian pride for a walk and enhancing our vocabulary. The second test consisted of squaring the numbers in order to buy all the school supplies, which they used to criticize how much it costs parents to get their children to go to class.
The third was to solve a Rubik’s cube and help others to do the same, the last test was to pass a Canarian geography class, for which they pulled the joker from the public asking them to enter the instagram de Pita Pitos to respond to a survey that asked about Cuna del alma, the location of Tazacorte or the degree of knowledge about the Canary Islands. They closed the topic asking for support from the adult murgas to the children: “My great tradition will never be lost.”
The night of surprises continued. The effort of the entire murga team was noted in its great improvement compared to the previous year. With current lyrics, well argued and used, they managed to make the audience enjoy a very good performance.
a piano playing No one by Alicia Keys, photos of the 25 years of the murga going through the screens of the Fairgrounds and a beautiful solo by its musical director, Daniella Jiménez, helped Revoltosos to achieve the most emotional presentation of the contest, which gave way to its parade.
Shouting “They won’t shut us up,” the impromptu demonstration that Revoltosos used to recount the injustices they see began. They began by criticizing the Councilor for Fiestas, Alfonso Cabello, “You don’t promote my contest being the carnival quarry”, to which they also asked for more performances in the street and fewer parades. They continued to ask that the Canary Islands be taken care of, “Do not fire or dirty the sea” to remember that awareness must be raised about the environment.
His letter continued to claim activities and accessibility in playgrounds for children with disabilities, and if there were few melons open, they also called out animal abuse and asked that animals not be bought, that they be adopted: “Animals are not a whim” . Having stopped the course of the subject, a reporter interviewed some of the components in the demonstration, who remembered the children of La Palma to finish.
The surprises did not stop. The musical improvement of Revoltosos and their exciting presentation made the audience enjoy their performance, which went from more to less on its 25th anniversary.
With their “Murgas, murgas, we want murgas, murgas” began the 20-minute performance of the oldest children’s murga of Carnival presided over by Paco Cortés. After his presentation, his well-known parade: “A little lyrics, a roll like that…”
The Rebeldes Unitary School opened its doors with Dilan Afaro as director of the educational center. With a children’s and fun staging in which there was no lack of windows, the blackboard and the tables began their theme, in which they warned the public that “Our school is a disaster like the others”. They then began to present each of the students with humor, not missing even the one who wants to look like Rosalía “In my nails I hide my chops.”
They continued with their teachers, whom they did not stop criticizing: “The geography teacher has a mania for me” to later conclude with the end-of-course performance, for which they created a murga to criticize the lack of employment for people with studies , recurring changes in education laws or the attitude of some teachers.
Also unexpected was the notable musical improvement of Rebeldes, which had been lacking components for some years. The spontaneity and childish character of its director, the movements worked and its staging, catapulted them to the Rebels of 2016.
With the most numerous fans of the contest fully delivered to those of the House of Fear, the last performance of the 2023 children’s murga contest began, transporting the public to New York.
In their theme they proposed to the public a murguero gymkhana in which they pass different tests to become all murgueros. In the first test, three parades of adult murgas played the trumpet, which served as a pretext to pay tribute to her: “she is part of my identity”. For the second test, they asked the different supporters of children’s murgas to support all the groups as the adults do: “Let each fan unite”, for this, they recreated Queen’s performance at Live AIS in 1985 and interacted with the public, who was invited to repeat the eo that launched the murga.
At this time they presented a discussion of their parents about soccer to cry out: “Here the best team is Tenerife.” They used the following test to touch fiber making trans reality visible: “I once tried on their heels.” Exciting. An interesting speech little treated in the contest: “Enough of labels, you have to accept it now.” The last test was used to highlight that important names of the Carnival such as Adela Peña, director of Burlonas, grew up in the children’s murgas. “Without quarry there are no adults,” they concluded.
Although being last is not a tasteful dish, they knew how to put the finishing touch to the contest with a performance that went from less to more. With just a few of the stanzas they would have won by a landslide for the originality of the issues they raised. Although the common thread of their song was lost, they can be more than proud of their time at the Fairgrounds.