Los Sabandeños, a folk group from Spain's Canary Islands, continues enriching folk music almost half a century after its debut in 1966, with new works, concerts here with the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, and a new disc that pays tribute to the world's traditional music.

Los Sabandeños have crossed the Atlantic to perform with the Venezuelan folk group Serenata Guayanesa and the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra.

"We're very excited about performing with the Venezuelan folk group Serenata Guayanesa, which was at our festival in September...and playing with the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra is a total luxury - it's one of America's best and one of its oldest," the Spanish group's director, Elfidio Alonso, said in an interview with Efe.

The group, after almost half a century of experience and with 78 discs to its credit, is still doing research and visiting the "delightful" villages of Latin America, determined to keep the group active, Alonso said.

The group came to Venezuela with 28 of its 35 members, since seven of them were unable to travel for personal reasons, "much to their regret," Alonso said.

Los Sabandeños will perform in Caracas, Barquisimeto and Maracaibo on a minitour during which they will present the best of their repertoire to try and make up for keeping their Venezuelan fans waiting so long. EFE