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Huayno Music Of Peru - Vol. 2 - Various Artists

CAT. #: 338

Price: $15.00

CD 338

Popular music from the Andes. The Discos Smith Recordings
Re-issues of 45 rpm records originally recorded between 1957-69 by Discos Smith, remastered from the original tapes and edited by John Cohen.

1. Manana Me Voy - Conjunto Los Amigos Del Ande
2. Huancayo Cotupchacka - Capricho Huanca
3. Aquel Molalecito - Banda Filarmonica Andajina
4. Tuctu Pillincito - Conjunto Perlas Del Huascaran
5. Valores De Mi Tierra - Los Chasquis De Cajamarca
6. Los Obreros De Huancayo - Juan Rosales
7. Besos Brujos - Tipica Fausto Dolorier
8. Palabras De Madre - Conjunto Perla Andina
9. Llongote - Orquesta Tipica Ayaviri
10. Luci Luci - Conjunto Luci Luci
11. Rodeo - Conjunto San Augustin De Punin
12. Huanca Valicana - Tipica Fausto Dolorier
13. Yo Soy La Indiecita - Conjunto Perlas Del Huascaran
14. Para Ti Cholita - Conjunto Los Reales De Cuzco
15. Mis Recuerdos - Conjunto Los Reales De Cuzco
16. Intendente Policia - Conjunto Los Luceros Del Cuzco
17. Compadre Baila - Conjunto Los Palomillas De Huanca
18. Verde Hinchu - Conjunto Luci Luci
19. Forasterito - Los Principes Del Mantaro
20. Noches Sicainas - Los Principes Del Mantaro
21. A Las Orillas Del Conococha - Juan Rosales
22. Capricho Del 64 - Orquesta Huanca
23. Te Fuistes Sin Desperdirme - Los Ases Del Ande
24. Mi Santiago - Banda Sinfonica Provincial Anchucaya
25. Entrada Salida De Pampa Cruz - Conjunto De Cacho Hermogenes Romero


“This re-release of historic ethnic recordings contains music from the Andean regions of Peru. Represented most strongly here are the Ancash and Huancayo styles, brought by migrants from these regions to Lima. From the solo harpist to the brass band, from the high-pitched duets of the the women to the gruff, throaty sound of the men, there is a little bit of everything on this recording. The glue that holds it all together is the rhythm of the Huayno and other related dance forms.

Many of the string based groups (especially from the Ancash region) consist of one or more women singing against a backdrop of violins, mandolin and diatonic harp. There is a great deal of subtle interplay between the melody and the backing instruments. The harp uses its rich bass notes to provide both a harmonic and rhythmic anchor to the highly ornamented and heavily syncopated melodic line. The other treble instruments weave in and out at the beginnings and ends of phrases and generally embroider the melody. This technique carries over into the band music, where the clarinet or saxophone substitute for the voices and the lower brasses hold things together with a spirited oom-pah.

The words, often in a hodge-podge of Quechua, Aymara and Spanish, speak of the beauty of the land, love, and the hardships of leaving one's home and family. The audio quality is quite vibrant. The Andean's nonchalance towards western tuning may disturb the uninitiated, but it is well worth the effort to listen past this and enjoy the wonderful complex textures of the ensembles.”

(Elaine Bradtke — Sing Out!)

“Sung in both Spanish and Quechua, Huayno is a music as rich and spirited as the peoples who perform it. The notes accompanying this disc give the dossier on the Discos Smith label and some insight into the music. Seldom is the pairing of music and information so successful.”

(John Bobey — Dirty Linen)