A Little Bit Of History About MINITECAS & DISPLAYS ...
years ago, Venezuelans witnessed the transition that
went from discos to
It was a sensational and very profitable movement that
consisted with electric devices and new rhythms, which
represented Feeling Happy National Day.
Event though this movement was the new style, we
will never stop thinking about those hits that made us
shake it on the dance floor like:
"Dancing with myself" by Billy Idol
"El jardinero" by Wilfrido Vargas
"Whip It" by Devo.
mono" by Porfi Jiménez’s orquestra
"Tarzan boy" by Baltimora
"All night long" by Lionel Ritchie
These songs enlivened moments of joy and take you back to
unforgettable moments from our growing up years.
In 2005, we experienced a decline with the Deejays that
entertained us by scratching records.
Venezuela was one of the countries that did not go from big
saloons with multicolor and glamorous dance floors, instead they had
a strange traveling device that produced sound and with an
entertainer who would improvise each move called-nobody knows why,
by whom, nor since when-“MINITECAS”.
During the last years of the 70’s decade, the arrival of the disco music
changed the night life.
In that moment, the Venezuelan economy was rough, when all the facts
showed this to be true, petroleum change the picture to a prosperity
attitude and along with that comes the will to celebrate.
MINITECAS (A.K.A MOBILE SOUND), captured the audiences attention, they
consisted of electric devices and the player of the music who would
just improvise the next step. It remind us of the west style because
it had barrels of whisky holding the equipment, and the west style
barrels of whisky
holding the bugles.
Base on this experimentation with the MINITECAS the
spectacular shows attracted many others to star there MINITECAS in
Venezuela these were T-CONECCTION and EXPLOSION
from Caracas, SOUL TRAIN from Maracaibo, LECHUGA’S
PEOPLE, GIPSY and many others that did gala with their
invention and improvising.
Remember that the
MINITECAS did not count with modern equipment and their entertainer had no
experience maybe that was the whole fun part. Nevertheless the firt
MINITECAS was a national event.
Capital Radio created a space where the
MINITECAS were allowed to submit its cassettes of mixed music and the radio would
play the music live, Marco Antonio “MUSUITO” Lacavalerie, who was a
great leader in the Venezuelan youth media, remembers that the
second war was due because some unspoken rules.
By then they established the new rules.
MINITECAS was allowed 15 minutes in the air, and they would mix a minimum of 10
to 15 songs. This turns out to be so popular and marketed very well
MINITECAS. With a 10.000 concurred audience, the spectacular was the new
sensation of the market compared to any other national media of
Then the audience simply remained astonished with the unscripted
performance of an effusive and talented guy named Jose Antonio
Escobar, best known as Tony Escobar or as years later he becomes
known Tony Scott. “The MINITECAS were more
important that the deejays that played the music, they took over the
show, they were the artist” says Escobar.
MINITECAS become the national phenomena of the youth. People from ages 12 to 25
assured to have known or have visited a live performance.
New MINITECAS came to business:
LIGHTING, THE DROP, FAHRENHEIT, INFIERNO, EXCALIBUR, DR. MIX, MAD
NESS, RAINBOW, MAGIQUE, LA ROCOLA, DISLIKE; with them came the
competition to offer a more attractive show at these events:
baptism, weddings, sweet 16, binges, festivals, street parties,
block parties, etc.
“Bungles with missiles were probably what promoted the
competition among the
MINITECAS” says Carlos Boveda. Boveda
was attributed for creating the vertical wall, which was kept in the
back and hold the battery for the lighting used in these events.
“Here we don’t have knowledge of any type of professional
audio, we work based on the trail and error” says Coletta in regards
to the great quantity of burn equipment, cables and wires that were
set on fire and blackouts of complete buildings that had to confront
half of the festivals”. Nevertheless for the year 1983 the shortage
technicians were surpassed and the event that celebrated with
spectacular magnificence of the
MINITECAS they proliferated for all the family clubs in the city; La Concha
acoustical from Bello Monte, Regency, Caracas Hotels, Military
clubs, the plazas and any place was good enough to star a party.
Due to such a great success the MINITECAS became an
The last was had exposed violence among the gangs of neighborhoods.
The latent threat persisted by the presence of the gangs
who put in risk the spectacular act in he youth atmosphere while the
magic of the sound and professional lighting went slowly fading to
lead to a new type of entertainment: the business show. The rest is