Zamponas to Synthesizer with Papalote


"As a music teacher, I thought it was one of the best I have seen. Children were fascinated by instruments and the production in general."

Cresent Lagooon School - Rockhampton

"Sensational! Children entertainers!! Performers! Educators! The children were in raptures!! We're buying tickets for Latin America – Here we come!"

Our Lady Help of Christians, Earville

"All who attended this performance found it lively, exciting and thoroughly enjoyable."

Buddina SS

Zamponas to Synthesizer

with Papalote


Papalote means kite and was founded in 1979. The original group set the scene for the development of one of Australia’s oldest and most respected Latin bands. Papalote not only played music but was a catalyst for the surge of interest in the music of Latin America and the whole continent: its immense cultural diversity, its political and social realities and its language. Through ‘La Pena’ this effervescence broke through cultural barriers and reached the Australian public in general. From its inception the group has been sharing their musical knowledge, breaking down the mystery of music and creating non-threatening, hands-on learning environments.


The zamponas or panpipes are one of the oldest instruments known in the Americas. Papalote uses these as the starting point of their performance as they trace the development of Latin music up to the contemporary use of synthesizers and computers. Papalote presents a unique and lively expression of Latin America from the Andes to Afro Cuban rhythms and Bossa Nova, taking you on a musical journey through this colourful continent.

The show sweeps across traditional Andean, Brazilian, Salsa and Caribbean music. Student participation includes instrument playing, dancing and singing.


Latin and Caribbean music productions presents Papalote's "From Zaponas to Synthesizes". A highly entertaining and informative performance about Latin American cultures, their music and their instruments. This 60 minute performance carries students along a timeline presenting the students with music, instruments and anecdotes from times long past to the present. From Zamponas to Synthesizers will enrapture students with music, songs and dance as well as opportunities for audience participation.

Years K-10
60 minutes
$5.00 + 50c gst
$770.00 ($700 + $70.00 gst if less than 140 students)