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Land of winds > Music > Novelties | Issue 01. Jul.-Aug.2010
By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

Among this month’s novelties readers will find the most recent work of a classic such as Savia andina, the Bolivian young ensemble Aullagas’ second production and an advance of the last album by Awatiñas.

Savia andina La historia continúa
Savia andina
La historia continúa
(2009)
1. Así será – 2. Potosina fiel y fina – 3. El vuelo del picaflor - 4. Eterno amor – 5. Ripullay – 6. Ahora es cuando – 7. Tiempos mejores – 8. Madre – 9. Lágrimas de estaño – 10. Al ocaso
Formed 35 years ago, Savia andina has been winning a deserved reputation as one of the greatest exponents of Bolivian folklore. They started collecting traditional songs, and in 1978 launched “Música selecta”, interweaving traditional Andean instrumentation with tunes from all around the world. However, soon after the band turned back to their origins and released excellent songs such as “Leño verde”, “Hombres y pueblos”, “Danza del sikuri”, “Mama Criso” or “Cumbre”. The group underwent various line-up changes and included today famous charango players Eddy Navia and Alfredo Coca, and guitarist Rafael Arias.
“La historia continúa” is their last studio venture which comes to light after the compilation album titled “Treinta años” (2006). The CD-DVD contains a collection of songs, videos, recordings, interviews, photos and backstage. Though reminiscent of previous works in both impeccable sound and their hallmark style, this work might fail to appeal to some Savia andina’s enthusiasts. All the same, is worth listening to this last sample of traditional rhythms such as the caporal (“Potosina fiel y fina”), the takipayanaku (“Ahora es cuando”), the tonada potosina (“Ripullay”), the toba (“Eterno amor”) or the tinku (“Tiempos mejores”).
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Link CD [Solomusicaandina.blogspot.com]
Official website [es]
[Video 01] [Video 02] [Video 03] [Video 04]

Aullagas Rayito de luna
Aullagas
Rayito de luna
(2009)
1. Rayito de luna – 2. Prefiero morir – 3. Madrecita mía – 4. Cholitay – 5. Pedacito de mi amor – 6. Termino – 7. Amor eterno – 8. Tócame, mírame – 9. Tobas calero – 10. Carita de ángel II - 11. Valentina – 12. Mamá – 13. Minero cooperativista – 14. Potosino fiel y fino – 15. No me niegues – 16. Paceñita – 17. Me haces falta
This is the second and last recording released by this Bolivian group born in Potosí, in 2005, with a love for Potosí’s musical traditions. In this album, which moves between slightly traditional and obviously commercial music, Aullagas collects the last vestiges of now almost extinct rhythms, such as the jiyawa of Northern Potosí (“Cholitay”), though retaining their very peculiar style.
The members of this group neither hide the many influences they have adopted from previous groups, nor disguise the modern trends some of them adhere to. They approach Bolivian folk melodies (giving prominence to rhythms as popular as the tinkus, the morenadas or the caporales) in a very unusual manner, closer to “chicha” (a fusion of tropical and Andean music) than to folklore, therefore leaving a particular stamp on the latter. In addition, by performing electric instruments and using a good number of filters at the studio, Aullagas’s sound strays from the standard. And it is precisely this sound – modem, electric, and crackling– what wins the attention of many followers among the younger people. Undoubtedly, developments in traditional music have often been prompted by groups experimenting with traditional forms in their recordings.
The album includes the soundtrack for a Bolivian radio serial, “Valentina” (broadcasted in Quechua from Potosí and in Spanish from Tarija), which was created by ACLO Foundation with the aim of strengthening peasant women’s leadership.
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Link CD [Inca.ucoz.ru]
Official website [es]
[Video 01]

Awatiñas Jichhapi jichhanexa
Awatiñas
Jichhapi jichhanexa [Now is the moment / Now is different]
(2009)
1. Jichhapi jichhanexa – 2. Crema de amor – 3. Senderos andinos – 4. Inti wawa – 5. Paloma volverás – 6. Nevado Chacaltaya Bolivia – 7. Flor aymarita – 8. Tomando té – 9. Altipampa – 10. Chiriguano - 11. Titi – 12. Paca jake – 13. Jacha chuchulaya - 14. Sariri – 15. Q’amasampi
The sextet Awatiñas, from Tiahuanaco, has been collecting and disseminating traditional Aymara music of Bolivia for the last four decades. They have achieved what seemed to be not only unthinkable but also impossible when the group was formed in 1970: that Aymara music was played on the stage and sung in its original language by the new generations. Along the way they have released 14 albums, won several national recognitions and toured around the world. “Jichhapi jichhanexa”, their last recording, includes both creole music (caporal, cueca, toba, morenada, sanjuanito, taquirari and huaynos) and traditional Aymara leitmotivs such as the lichiguayo (or lichiwayu) “Titi”, the waka-tinki “Sariri”, the sikureada “Q’amasampi”, the tarkeada “Jacha chuchulaya”, the suri sikuri “Paca jake” and the chiriguano “Chiriguano”. Those tracks (10-15) were melded forming a continuous musical stream in an attempt to reproduce the sound of real marching bands. With a stunning instrumental work and an excellent recording quality, the CD was presented in March 2010, at the municipal theatres of La Paz and El Alto.
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Link CD [Solomusicaandina.blogspot.com]
Official website [es]
[Video 01] [Video 02] [Video 03] [Video 04]
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