Daniel Miranda, Director and Harmonist of Los Chismosos tells us the story that unites him to this murga.
“The history of this murga is short but intense.”
- What does Carnival mean to him? Does it occupy an important part in his life?
For Daniel, Carnival is one of his favourite celebrations, as people use this time to feel freer and become the person they always wanted to be.
- When did he start with the Murgas?
Daniel tells us that his career as “Murguero” has always been very present in his life, since he was already attending all the performances of the Murgas as a spectator during the 11 years before he became the musical coordinator and director of Los Chismosos.
Daniel has been the director of the men’s Murga Los Chismosos for already five years now. Furthermore, he is the musical coordinator of the women’s Murga Las Fisgonas, which starts this year.
- How does he manage to cope with his personal life and the great amount of time that a Murga involves as for rehearsals, fittings, etc.?
As every member of a murga, Daniel also tells us that this is quite a complicated task, but it’s worth it. As a “murguero” you have to make many efforts in your everyday life in order to balance everything.
Daniel also informs us, that Los Chismosos do not only perform at Carnival, but that the Murga participates in private performances, charity galas and other events, which means an even bigger effort of time and work.
“The few time you normally have for your social life, we dedicate to the murga. There are many people who don’t appreciate the role of the murguero and the sacrifices that come with it”.
- Where does the name Los Chismosos come from?
The origin of this murga is kind of curious. Daniel tells us that the idea came up during a conversation between Misael Beltrán and Carlos García. The two members of today’s Murga decided during a walk with their dog that they wanted to found a murga in Santa María de Guía.
As far as the name is concerned, it refers to a characteristic of the inhabitants of Santa María de Guía. Daniel tells us that they were always very much into gossiping, but in a respectful way.
Los Chismosos is a murga composed by 52 members from different municipalities of Gran Canaria, such as Arucas, Firgas, Gálda, Moya, Guía, Agaete and Las Palmas.
“For Los Chismosos, the carnival doesn’t just focus on the Gala of Santa Catalina. They can be seen throughout the year at many different events.”
- How do they arrange the choice of their costumes? Are they counting on external help, or are the costumes made by the Murga members themselves?
During its first two years, this Murga exhibited designs by Adrián Castellano, a designer from the municipality of Guía. In the third year they worked with Tanausú Mendoza, another designer from the same municipality. Since last year, Oliver Benítez, a designer from Vecindario, has been in charge of their costumes and he takes care of absolutely everything that has to do with it- After all, the members of the murga perform at events all year round to pay for these costumes.
- How does he see the role of the Murgas, as social criticism or rather as entertainment?
Daniel thinks that the most complete Murga is the one that makes you laugh, and at the same time gives a voice to what is currently happening to society. The Murga Los Chismosos always concentrates on starting the lyrics of their songs in a way that makes the audience laugh and ends by criticizing the current problematic situation of the population.
“We shall never forget to make the audience laugh. “
- What does he think about the level of murgas from other islands like Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, does he think it would improve if they were better known?
Daniel confirms that the murgas of Gran Canaria and Tenerife are unfortunately granted more emphasis, and this seems very unfair to him. He thinks that the competitions of all murgas on all the islands should be broadcasted on television and hence receive the attention they deserve.
“We don’t realise that the rest of the islands also have a high level when it comes to carnival.”
- We all know that the murgas are characterised by the lyrics of their songs. We would like to know if you write them all together, or if there are members who are dedicated to this task exclusively.
Los Chismosos have a group of seven murga members, their lyrics committee, who bring in ideas, verses, themes, etc. and structure the texts that lead to the final. Regardless of the carnival procession and the farewell event, each murga must compose four texts of approximately 9-10 minutes, which they bring to the Santa Catalina competition, as in the case of the murga interviewed today. But this year, their lyrics committee has composed three of these texts and entrusted the fourth one to Jesús Martín of the Murga Los Legañosos.
- Let us know a little bit about your intentions for the upcoming year?
This Murga has only one purpose, which they pursue year after year, and that is to bring fun and pleasure to all those who accompany them on their way.