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    Land of winds > Music > Novelties | Issue 08 (Nov.-Dec.2011)
    By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

Bolivian Quechua music

There are few albums that can be regarded as “novelties” within the Quechua music of Bolivia, at least among the well-known groups. Thus, the following reviews cover the last works of three groups whose repertoire include a good number of traditional songs from the Quechua communities of Bolivia.

Orlando Pozo y el grupo Pujllay – Señor presidente | Mallku de los Andes – Después de 20 años (en vivo) | Los Masis – Kayninchej – 40 años

Señor presidente


Orlando Pozo y el grupo Pujllay
Señor presidente

1. Imilla coqueta – 2. Señor presidente – 3. Q’ori canastita – 4. Arenita – 5. Rebeldía de los cóndores – 6. Malas costumbres – 7. Nubes encapotadas – 8. Valluno tunante – 9. Viday – 10. Wayruritu – 11. Wawitay – 12. Tengo que decir – 13. K’ara llanth’a – 14. Niño chiquito

Orlando Pozo is a musician, composer and singer born in Aiquile (departament of Cochabamba). He is on the path to rediscovering the music of his homeland with works like “Orlando Pozo y el grupo Pujllay” (1986 and 1990) and “Bolivien” (1992), both of them recorded alongside the group Pujllay. In addition, he has launched a number of solo albums as well as performing in duo with Bolivian singer Dulia Panozo.

Most of the tracks on “Señor presidente” belong to the Quechua tradition, which includes different sounds, strumming and tunings of charangos with metal strings, coplas sung in Quechua and the typical shouts and recited stanzas in the same language. Some tracks merit special mention for their beauty, such as the cacharpaya “Valluno tunante”, the salaque “Viday”, and the tonadas “Imilla coqueta”, “Q’ori canastita” and “Arenita”.

Official website: Not available.
Link complete discography [].

Después de 20 años (en vivo)


Mallku de los Andes
Después de 20 años (en vivo)

1. Suri – 2. Pobre recuerdo – 3. Lejanías – 4. Amorosa palomita – 5. Ocaso inca – 6. Hierbas del olvido – 7. Juku - 8. Golpes de la vida – 9. Golondrinas – 10. Huachos – 11. Llaqui runa – 12. Sueño de amor – 13. Mallku kunturi – 14. Indio – 15. Jach’a mallku – 16. Jauja – 17. Coca y café – 18. Karipuyo torrecita

Well-known in the Bolivian music scene, Mallku de los Andes appeared in La Paz in 1980, a group of skilful musicians (Edgar Villarroel, David Mercado, René Carrasco and Fernando Monroy, among others) that brought their own special talent and musical styles to the band. They have toured abroad on several occasions and launched a number of albums worth of mention such as “Bolivia” (1981), “On the wings of the condor” (1986), “Recuerdos de una flor” (1989) and “Bolivie” (1991).

The band’s latest work is a live album celebrating its two decades in existence with songs from both the Bolivian Quechua region (e.g. “Hierbas del olvido”, “Huachos” or “Karipuyo torrecita”) and the rest of the country (e.g. the bailecito “Amorosa palomita” or the Santa Cruz carnavalito “Golondrinas”) and the continent (e.g. Peruvian classics like “Golpes de la vida” or “Jauja”).

And perhaps to commemorate its beginnings and as a wink to the past, the album includes some tracks, such as “Lejanías” or “Juku”, which show the style that came to dominate Bolivian folk during the 1980s and was popularized by groups as Rumillajta or Jach’a Mallku.

Official website: Not available.
Link CD [].

Kayninchej – 40 años


Los Masis
Kayninchej – 40 años

1. Penas de amor – 2. Tus ojos – 3. Jardinero – 4. Estampa oriental – 5. Camba Taitetu – 6. Hanac pachap – 7. Desde la ausencia – 8. Dime que sí – 9. Estampa yampara – 10. No se puede – 11. Fantasía para quenas – 12. Tarkeadas del sur

Famous band from Chuquisaca, Los Masis celebrated 40 years of professional activity with the release of this CD, whose title means “this is what we are” in Quechua language. Since its formation, Los Masis has striven to rehabilitate the sound heritage of Bolivia in general and the department of Chuquisaca in particular, collecting and spreading their traditional music through a large number of international shows and 18 albums, including “Los Masis”, “Llajtaymanta” and “Kausarina”.

Along with bringing their homeland repertoire to audiences from all over the world, the group has invested its profits and experience in supporting and developing the Masis Cultural Center, created in Sucre in 1980.

Traditional songs like “Estampa yampara” and “Tarkeadas del sur”, classics like “Fantasía para quenas”, and rhythms from eastern Bolivia such as “Estampa oriental” and “Camba Taitetu”, all of them on “Kayninchej”, deserve special mention.

Official website.

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