Among any people’s traditions there are festivals, beliefs and stories, tales and legends, riddles and lullabies, many of their daily tasks and whatever has passed down from generation to generation as a unique and distinctive feature for those who live it.
Music is a part of the Andean tradition itself, and a very important one, but it also represents an exceptional means to discover other aspects of this extraordinary cultural heritage. For Andean lyrics not only talk about celebrations, mythological beings, local farming customs and many other aspects from daily life: it also describes them in great detail.
Articles in this section will deal with such traditions through Andean songs and sounds, giving you the opportunity to expand the horizon of those musical expressions through knowing the human environment that surrounds and nourish them.
Traditions – Table of contents
Issue 20 (Jul.-Aug. 2014) – Pífanos & chirimías
Issue 19 (May.-Jun. 2014) – Andean fusions | Music of Tarija
Issue 18 (Mar.-Apr. 2014) – Andean music outside the Andes | Chaya in La Rioja
Issue 17 (Jan.-Feb. 2014) – Harps and violins in the Andes
Issue 16 (Sep.-Oct. 2013) – The guitar, the guitarrón and the tiple
Issue 15 (Jul.-Aug. 2013) – The charango: its music and its performers
Issue 14 (Mar.-Apr. 2013) – The quena: its music and its performers
Issue 13 (Jan.-Feb. 2013) – Introduction to the sikuris music
Issue 12 (Nov.-Dec. 2012) – Afro-Bolivian music
Issue 11 (Jul.-Aug. 2012) – The Andean Carnival
Issue 10 (May.-Jun. 2012) – Music of the Mapuche communities of Chile and Argentina
Issue 09 (Mar.-Apr. 2012) – Music of the Aymara communities of Bolivia
Issue 08 (Nov.-Dec. 2011) – Music of the Quechua communities of Bolivia
Issue 07 (Sep.-Oct. 2011) – Andean music of Chile
Issue 06 (Jul.-Aug. 2011) – Andean music of Colombia
Issue 05 (May.-Jun. 2011) – Andean music of PeruIssue 04 (Mar.-Apr. 2011) – Andean music of ArgentinaIssue 03 (Jan.-Feb. 2011) – Andean music of EcuadorIssue 02 (Sep.-Oct. 2010) – Andean music of BoliviaIssue 01 (Jul.-Aug. 2010) – The music of the Andes