In the past there were many gaiteros playing cumbia. Over the years, the music evolved, and became orchestrated. Until recently, it seemed as though the folkloric tradition was destined for extinction, as older gaiteros died, and young people in San
Jacinto seemed more interested in modern music. There has been something of a resurgence of interest in this folkloric tradition, and more young people have taken up the gaitas, maraca, and drums, but there are still many people, even in Colombia, who are
unaware of the roots of the music they listen to. Although there were, and are, other gaiteros, the group calling itself Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto was without comparison.