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Land of winds > Music > Novelties | Issue 02. Sep.-Oct.2010
By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

Included in this issue of Land of Winds are three albums by as many Bolivian bands (Amaru, Bonanza and Grupo Semilla) which belong to the new Andean music generation. Their particular way of considering, understanding and performing the folklore of their homeland is reflected in the following reviewed recordings.

Amaru Después de haberte amado
Amaru
Después de haberte amado
(2009)
1. Te quiero más que a mi vida – 2. Chayay – 3. Después de haberte amado – 4. Moreno de la Central – 5. Paloma blanca – 6. Primer amor – 7. Después de ti – 8. Viene y se va – 9. Lejos de ti – 10. Noche de amor – 11. Tinku de corazón – 12. Mi delito – 13. Quisiera ser – 14. Sambos por siempre – 15. Plegaria al río
The last and thirteenth Amaru’s album is a curious combination of romantic and traditional Andean music, along the same line as their previous recordings. This work features several electric instruments (drum kit, piano, bass, and keyboard) and moves from the slushiest (“Te quiero más que a mi vida”) to the most indigenous tracks (“Chayay”), without forgetting about such popular Bolivian rhythms as the tonada, the morenada, the cueca, the kullawada/cullaguada, the saya and the tinku.
This album is a good choice for lovers of different musical styles who want to become familiar with Andean music in general and that of Bolivia in particular. And, of course, for Amaru’s followers and modern Andean style fanatics.
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Link CD [Taringa.net]
Official website: Not available
Facebook page [es]
[Video 01] [Video 02] [Video 03] [Video 04]

Bonanza La Promesa
Bonanza
La promesa
(2009)
1. La promesa – 2. Sucre Bicentenario – 3. La Paz Bicentenario – 4. T’inku Cochabamba – 5. La pesada Mejillones – 6. Francesa de corazón – 7. Sólo pienso en ti – 8. Moreno Francesa – 9. Llora el corazón – 10. Bicentenario Señorial Illimani – 11. Carnaval alegre – 12. Enganchados: La Promesa – El trencito
“La promesa” is basically a collection of morenadas (8 out of the 12 tracks included) dedicated to the 2010 Bolivia’s Independence Bicentenary Festivals. This is Bonanza’s eighteenth album, a band with a career spanning more than two decades, through which they have not only collected Potosi and Chuquisaca musical traditions, Christmas carols, morenadas and kullawadas/cullaguadas but also performed romantic songs.
The morenada style has become a firm favourite with Bolivian audiences for the last two decades. It serves as the musical basis for many festivals and parades like the Entrada del Cristo del Gran Poder or the Carnival: in fact, many of the groups taking part in these festivals are just called “morenadas” (the groups that dance morenadas). Since the bands whose morenadas are performed and/or danced by most groups at the already mentioned festivals will undoubtedly win fame (and make profit from their songs sales), it is understandable that many musical ensembles give most of their attention to such rhythms. This album is an excellent example of it.
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Link CD [Diskolandia.blogspot.com]
Official website: Not available
[Video 01]

Grupo Semilla El ch’iti Alejito
Grupo Semilla
El ch’iti Alejito
(2009)
1. El ch’iti Alejito – 2. Mi satukita – 3. Saya del trópico – 4. Morenada de la coca – 5. Mujer infiel – 6. Amor sincero – 7. San Valentín – 8. Flor de violeta – 9. Sabor oriental – 10. Culpable corazón – 11. Mal paso – 12. El regalo de mamá
The band led by the charango player Alejandro Cámara presents an authentically traditional album that includes ten different rhythms: from the tinku and the salay to the caporal and the morenada, through the taquirari, the chuntunqui, the cueca, the waltz and the polka. Remarkable tracks are the salay “Mi satukita”, a narrowly-spread rhythm; the “Morenada de la coca”, in defence of the legal growth, sale and consumption of coca leaf; and the saya-caporal “San Valentin”. This is Semilla’s eighth and last but one album. Their last recording, “Desde el corazón de Bolivia” (2010) only features morenadas (see above, “Bonanza”).
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Link CD [Solomusicaandina.blogspot.com]
Official website [es]
[Video 01] [Video 02] [Video 03] [Video 04]
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