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Land of winds > Performers > Composers and performers | Issue 04. Mar.-Apr.2011
By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

Ricardo Vilca y Fortunato Ramos

Vilca and Ramos are two musicians native of the Quebrada de Humahuaca (Jujuy province, Argentina).

Ricardo Vilca
Vilca was born in the village of Humahuaca in 1953 and passed away in 2007 after a fruitful career as a rural teacher, composer and musician. He composed the soundtracks for independent films such as “Río arriba” (Up the River) by Ulises de la Orden and “El destino” (The Fate) by Miguel Pereira, and had a collaboration with the rock band “Divididos” on their hit “Guanuqueando”, which won him fame in his home country. In addition, Argentinean singer-songwriter León Giego wrote the lyrics for Vilca’s instrumental composition “Rey Mago de las Nubes” featured on Gieco’s acclaimed album “Los Orozco”. Ricardo Vilca’s discography includes the albums “La magia de mi raza”, “Nuevo día”, “Majada de sueños” and “Sueños de mi tierra”.

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Official website: Not available
Ricardo Vilca, in Wikipedia [es]
Song 01. Guanuqueando.
Song 02. Diálogo de quenas y zampoñas.
Complete discography + film “Río arriba” [in Taringa.net]


Fortunato Ramos
Fortunato Ramos also worked as a rural teacher. Born in Coraya, close to Humahuaca, he is a writer, poet, reciter and musician. He had been spreading traditional music through local radios since 1976, when Jaime Torres “discovered” him, encouraged him to build a career as a musician and even took him on tour.
Ramos went into studio to record with Jaime Torres, Tomás Lipán, Mónica Pantoja and the group Los hijos de Humahuaca. As accordionist with his own formation, the group Cacharpaya, he launched “Carnavaleando en la Quebrada de Humahuaca”. As a writer and poet he has published several books such as “Collas de la Quebrada de Humahuaca” (Collas from the Quebrada de Humahuaca), “Poemas costumbristas de un maestro rural” (Poems dealing with local customs by a rural teacher) and “Costumbres, poemas y regionalismos” (Customs, poems and regionalisms) which includes his famous poem “Yo jamás fui un niño” (I was never a child).
In 1983, film director Miguel Pereyra shot a documentary on him titled “Ecos sobre los Andes” (Echoes resounding over the Andes).
Today, Fortunato Ramos lives in Humahuaca where he runs a “peña” (a cheap, popular venue where folk music is played and traditional food and drink is available) that brings together the greatest exponents of his art: the music of the Quebrada.

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Discography [Taringa.net]
“Yo jamás fui un niño” (I was never a child), poem by Fortunato Ramos.
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