In June, 1980, Los Masis folk group founded the Masis Cultural Center with the mission of preserving, revaluing and disseminating the cultural heritage of the region.
In this sense, the educational musical work that has been carried out for more than 38 years at the Masis Cultural Center in Sucre, pursues the idea of giving identity to children and young people by providing them with an open home and positive and correct attitude to overcome any of the difficulties they go through.
Many of them are young people of rural origin or descendants of rural migrants in their first or second generation. Now they live in the periphery of the city where there is an intercultural clash between the rural and the urban, which often causes deep problems in their personal development.
Through folk music, the teenagers who are playing, singing and dancing in the youth group “Los Q’arapanzas” receive a complete education that transmits human values according to the Andean vision.
Los Masis Cultural Center, for its part, in addition to its musical training and ethno-development support, became a center of reference for meeting and musical exchange, receiving visits from musicians and researchers from around the world. They exchanged a wide repertoire of traditional Andean music, which today, together with the material collected in their own field research, forms the basis on which their students are trained.