Maastricht at night
Maastricht at night

 History of the Tuna groups

 

 The tuna tradition goes back hundreds of years, when the first universities were founded in Spain. Here young students who had to find creative ways to cover their expenses, began to group to together and play traditional music. They would play on the street for money, as well as for the landlord’s daughters and hostels for a sound accomodation as well as a cup of soup along with a drink of beer. This phenomenom spread throughout the universities of Spain, and later was sweeped to neighbouring Portugal. In the last century many other Spanish speaking countries in Latin America have seen the comeback of this middle aged student tradition, ranging from Universities in Chile, Peru, Columbia all the way up to Mexico.

 Nowadays there is an average of 2-6 Tunas per Spanish University, each originating from different faculties. The few Tuna groups confirmed outside of Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries are amongst others Tunas in the Netherlands, including our group, one group in Germany and one group set up in Tokyo.
The groups play common traditional Spanish and Latin American ( or Portuguese) songs, most often with different interpretation and mixes, which gives each group a different colour. Every group wears a very similar middleaged costume, only differentiated by the colour of their scarf (which originates from the colour of their university or faculty) and their coat of arms (of the respective university/ faculty/ city).

 All groups follow general rules concerning internal organisation as well respect and friendship to any other group. There are many tight and long lasting connections amongst groups and its members.