Currulao is a musical genre, and a folkloric dance from the Pacific region of Colombia, whose variations can also be observed in regions of Ecuador.
It was created by isolated slave populations brought from Africa during colonial times to extract gold. The word currulao comes from “cununao,” which is a reference to a type of drum, “cununos,” which is of African origin and plays an important role in the folklore of the Pacific region.
"The Currulao is a dance that involves loose pairs, with themes of love and nature. The movements of the dancers are agile and vigorous. For the male partner, they use grand movements of strength, without unbalancing the harmony of the dance. The woman, on the other hand, dances in a calm manner while their partner looks to seduce her with flirts, kicks, flexes, fans, and swishing movements with their handkerchief.
The dance acquires big plastic beauty by means of the concretion of several elements, like the slenderness of men and women, the ritual seriousness of the faces, the game with the handkerchieves and the grace of the attitudes, that are reinforced with gesticulations and twists”.