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The nongovernmental organization Fundación Mayas de Yucatán has launched the Trovirus musical contest.

The musical competition was announced to support local musicians and promote traditional trova music.

Trova de Yucatán refers to a traditional musical genre that originated in the 19th century. The sound of trova relies heavily on melodic guitar chords and the singing of trovadores. 

Before the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, trovadores were ubiquitous in Mérida’s downtown parks and plazas. 

“The pandemic has really hurt the trovadores of Yucatán. Their music is an integral part of our culture and we should all do what we can to support them,” reads Fundación Mayas’ Facebook page, which has details of the contest. 

The announcement was made via video conference by mayoral candidate Carlos Ramírez Marín and trovadores Jorge Buenfil and Eduardo Vázquez.

The categories for the competition will be traditional and contemporary, both with top prizes of 30,000 pesos for the winners, 20,000 pesos for second place and 15,000 pesos for third place. 

Entries are to be submitted via email in mp3 format. The winners will be announced on March 25.

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