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Novelties CDs Andean music
Land of winds > Music > Novelties | Issue 04. Mar.-Apr.2011
By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

This issue includes a representative selection of Argentinean musicians’ later works. All of them are from the northwest province of Jujuy, and their music retains a strong regional flavour.
The following link provides an excellent entry point into the Andean folklore from northwest Argentinean communities, with the later albums (and some classics) of bands and soloists little known in the general music scene but very good examples of what is going on in the Andean area: Micaela Chauque, Tukuta Gordillo, Inti Huayra, Raúl Olarte, Mónica Pantoja o Rodolfo Ruiz.

Los Tekis. Mixtura
Los Tekis
1. Viva Jujuy – 2. Tonada para Remedios – 3. El pedregoso – 4. A los bosques – 5. El orgulloso – 6. Viviendo – 7. Warmicita – 8. Mixtura – 9. Soy Jujuy – 10. Capo caporal – 11. Imillitay – 12. Cóndor vuela – 13. Himno Nacional Argentino
Los Tekis started their career in 1991, and established themselves as one of the most vital voices in Argentinean folklore at famous Cosquín Festival four years later. Their popularity has increased in recent years, and the reason behind may be attributed to their peculiar approach to Andean music (especially the music of Jujuy, where they come from). Their explosive mix of rock, tango, cumbia, jazz, bossa nova and folklore has made it possible for young Argentineans to take an interest in Andean rhythms and local folklore, and shot them to fame with their “Paz interior” (1999), one of their best selling albums together with “Mamapacha” (2007).
Although sometimes their style may turn out too hectic, noisy and fun-loving, Los Tekis also include unhurried melodies and great instrumental arrangements in their repertoire. The album “Mixtura” is a good example with an original version of “Viva Jujuy” (wonderfully performed, it’s worth noticing the choral arrangement and the quena), the traditional “Tonada para Remedios” (with a group of cornetas or erkes standing out), a version of the popular huayno “Desde lejos” (renamed “El pedregoso” and including a brass band), the intimate “A los bosques”(with an outstanding charango), and the lively “Capo caporal” and “Imillitay”, a caporal and a tinku from Bolivia.
“Mixtura” is, in short, a great opportunity for an insight into Argentinean Andean music offered by a young band, traditional on some occasions, irreverent on others.
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Tomás Lipán. Retumbos
Tomás Lipán
1. Retumbos – Santa Rosa – Sacatripa – 2. La molineña – 3. El minero – 4. La Jovita Pérez – 5. Una lágrima – 6. Cueca de los coyas – 7. Carnavalito quiaqueño – 8. El cóndor pasa – 9. La humpa – 10. Chacarera del Florencio – 11. Coplas – 12. Los alegres del molino
Born in the village of Lipán near Purmamarca (Quebrada de Humahuaca, Jujuy province), Tomás Ríos started his career as solo singer in 1980, choosing the name of his home village as his stage name. In the 90s he was part of the band that accompanied charango player Jaime Torres during his tours and recordings. Meanwhile Lipán continued touring national and internationally as well as recording on his own, and was featured in several independent films.
“Retumbos” is his ninth album, including recited texts (“Retumbos”), zambas (“La molineña”, “La Jovita Pérez”, “La humpa”) and chacareras (“Chacarera del Florencio”), besides versions of well-known huaynos (“El minero”, “Carnavalito quiaqueño”, “El cóndor pasa”, “Los alegres del molino”), bailecitos (“Una lágrima”), and cuecas (“Cueca de los coyas”).
All of them are popular rhythms among the population of northwest Argentina, as it happens with the widespread coplas quebradeñas, which use a more traditional folk stanza style with caja and erquencho accompaniment (“Coplas”).
Lipán’s style is not so improvised and out of tune as it may seem at a first listen. On the contrary, the singer adopted the local way of singing and his work reflects a different (but equally correct) musical experience.
At present Tomás Lipán is working on the release of “Dos en uno” (2010), a compilation album gathering together the artist’s best-known songs.
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Gustavo Patiño. Coplitas tilcareñas
Gustavo Patiño
Coplitas tilcareñas
1. Danza del sol – 2. Florcita de cardón – 3. Ríos de piedra – 4. Como el agua y el aceite – 5. Sumay pacha – 6. Amara orko manta – 7. La alfarciteña – 8. Corazón de ketupi – 9. Luna de siembra – 10. La juelleña – 11. Allpa sonko – 12. Volver en agosto – 13. Nevado del Chañi – 14. Desde el horizonte – 15. Coplitas tilcareñas
Gustavo Patiño is a composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist settled in the village of Tilcara (Quebrada de Humahuaca) who also produces his own albums. Through his career, Patiño has won fame as both a great performer and an excellent music arranger, especially with such works as “Pueblo hermano” (1999) and “Herederos del viento” (2001). His lyrics move between describing his surroundings and being socially committed. Patiño incorporates to his repertoire local rhythms very popular in the Quebrada de Humahuaca, from vidalas and bagualas, to zambas, cuecas and chacareras, and to tinkus, salaques and tonadas introduced from Bolivia into Argentina. Among the many instruments he brilliantly plays are the charango, the guitar, the ocarina, the mohoceño, different quenas, the panpipes...
“Coplitas tilcareñas” is his eleventh work including very traditional songs from the Quebrada de Humahuca area (“Florcita de cardón”, “Coplitas tilcareñas”) and several compositions of his own. The album incorporates a variety of rhythms such as the characareras (“Como el agua y el aceite”, “La juelleña”), the tarkeada (“Allpa sonko”), the baguala (“Desde el horizonte”), the cueca (“Volver en agosto”), the bailecito (“Corazón de ketupi”) and the sanjuanito (“Sumay pacha”).
With a very distinctive style, a gorgeous performance, a particular voice and a swarm of winds and strings populating all his songs, Patiño proposes a unique sound experience. Highly recommended.
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