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    Land of winds > Music > Novelties | Issue 09 (Mar.-Apr.2012)
    By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

Bolivian Aymara music

Among the most interesting performers of Aymara traditional music there are bands, ensembles and groups, which hardly have the opportunity to release an album and must find other ways to spread and promote their art turning to the virtual spaces offered by the Internet (especially YouTube).

What follows are the reviews of three CDs covering different approaches to Aymara musical heritage: the most "authentic" (CVA), the most "mestizado" (Chuymampi) and something in between (Ruphay).

Centro Viacha Aymara - CVA en concierto (Museo Tambo Quirquincho) | Ruphay - Kimsa pachanaka | Chuymampi - Lo mejor – Jiwas chuymasampi

Centro Viacha Aymara en concierto (Museo Tambo Quirquincho)


Centro Viacha Aymara
CVA en concierto (Museo Tambo Quirquincho)

1. Recuerdos del Chaco – 2. Cholita bonita – 3. Corpus Christi – 4. Hermoso pueblo – 5. Maya – 6. Paya – 7. Ch'uñuma – 8. Paya – 9. Recuerdos de octubre – 10. Corazón de Edgar – 11. Magalí - Laura - Ponchera – 12. Huaynos

The Centro Viacha Aymara (CVA) was founded in June 1996 by Aymara young men and women from the town of Viacha (province of Ingavi, department of La Paz) and neighbouring communities, with the aim of collecting, preserving and disseminating Aymara traditional music and dance. The Centro comprises, among other elements, a tropa of sikuri (large group of players blowing together different sizes of the same type of wind instrument) and a dance group, both featured on the album recorded at the Museum "Tambo Quirquincho" in La Paz.

The work includes two waka tintis ("Maya" and "Paya") on waka-pinkillos, and different styles of sikuriada: the suri sikuri (or sikura) "Recuerdos del Chaco", the sikuris de Italaque "Corpus Christi" and "Hermoso pueblo", the sikuris lakitas "Paya", the sikuri de Conima "Recuerdos de octubre", and the huaynos "Cholita bonita", "Corazón de Edgar" and Magalí". It's a trip through the amazing sounds produced by Aymara panpipes.

Official website: Not available.
Link CD [].

Kimsa pachanaka


Kimsa pachanaka

1. Sikuris de Italaque (Provincia de Camacho – Pueblito de Carabuco – Festividad Rosario en Pelechuco) – 2. Kimsa Pachanaka (Lupi pacha - Jallu pacha - Thaya pacha) – 3. Nayra Chuymampi (Phulurunas - Lichihuayus - Tarkas - Kayrani)

With the release of "Kimsa pachanaka" (in Aymara, "The three seasons"), the Bolivian band Ruphay would pay tribute to its founder, Mario P. Gutiérrez, playing some of his latest compositions, including the trilogy that gives name to the album.

The first track includes three sikuris de Italaque traditional to the department of La Paz. The second, Gutiérrez’s "Kimsa pachanaka", is a set of three songs depicting the cycle of seasons that an Aymara Andean year consists of: lupi pacha (sunny season, from October to November), jallu pacha (rainy season, from December to April) and thaya pacha (cold season, from May to September). The third and last one contains four traditional rhythms: three Gutiérrez's compositions plus a traditional song, "Kayrani", from La Paz.

"Kimsa pachanaka" was composed by Gutiérrez to be performed by the German trio Aka Pacha, whom he would play with once at the trilogy’s presentation. It was shortly after, in 1994, that he would die shortly after in Ambers.

Official website.
Link CD: Not available.

Lo mejor – Jiwas chuymasampi


Lo mejor – Jiwas chuymasampi

1. Esquina tinta – 2. Machiri – 3. Jueves aruma – 4. Iram iram – 5. Chiquita tacacomeña – 6. Mi chiquitín – 7. Agua de chuño – 8. No me olvides – 9. Mandamientos del matrimonio – 10. El poblano – 11. K'asarjj'eta – 12. Los chukutas – 13. Mujer celosa – 14. El divorcio – 15. Munasip'jañani – 16. Achacacheñita – 17. Warmita – 18. Kuntur mallkitu – 19. Chakha khala

Chuymampi (in Aymara, "with all our heart, with a lot of feeling") is a Bolivian group formed by Miguel Salcedo, Fausto López, Vladimir Astete, Willy Vargas and Williams Dávila. Their career started in 1989, with the release of "Canto andino (Markanakasataki)". This first album would be followed by "Jiwasataki" (1990), "Jumanakataki" (1991), "Urumana" (1992), "Chuk'utanakataki" (1994), "Munasip'jañatakirakipunirakispawa" (1996), "Lo mejor" (1997), "Wastata" (1999) and "Wiñayataqui" (2004) plus a reissue of "Lo mejor" released in 2004.

Most of the tracks featured on this album are sung in Aymara with the outstanding presence of zampoñas (panpipes). Special mention can be made of the famous huaynos "Esquina tinta", "Machiri", "K'asarjj'eta" and "Munasip'jañani", sikureadas like "Chiquita tacacomeña" or "El poblano", and wicked songs such as "Mandamientos del matrimonio" and "Warmita". This is, as a whole, an excellent approach to traditional Aymara music in order to discover its less indigenous aspect.

Official website: Not available.
Link CD [].

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