- Edgardo Diaz Díaz
Primarily a legacy of Spanish traditions since the early colonial days, the seis comprise various dance and music styles emerging from Puerto Rico’s ostensibly rural areas. Name designations for these genres allude to dance forms (as in seis amarrao and seis del pañuelo); to any specific animal behavior (seis del juey); to the name of musicians or composers (as in the celebrate seis de Andino); and, more often, to the region or town where they emerge, as are the cases of seis bayamonés, seis fajardeño, or seis de bieke. Of special significance is the seis con décimas, drawing on an Arab-Andalusian-based melodic mold whereby troubadours display their individual ability to develop melodies and improvise on old poetic forms like the ten-line décima, or the four-line quatrain. Traditionally, a ten-stringed cuatro provides the singer with counter-melismatic phrases, as simple chord progressions by the guitar provide for an often elaborate bass support assisted by stable rhythms of a g...