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    Land of winds > Music > Novelties | Issue 10 (May.-Jun.2012)
    By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

Mapuche music in Chile and Argentina

Featured in this section will only appear those recordings which are directly connected to the traditional Mapuche music. In recent times, there have been released a number of albums which either "blend" the Mapuche music with other styles or include any Mapuche instrument to play songs that have nothing to do with this people. Such works will not be considered in this issue.

Beatriz Pichi Malén - Añil | El Canto del Hombre - Mapuche | José Pérez de Arce – Música Mapuche

Beatriz Pichi Malén - Añil


Beatriz Pichi Malén

1. Canción del kexu – 2. Kadü wallën – 3. We küyen – 4. Kewpü tayül – 5. Püñeñ kupül ülkan – 6. Chel foro mapu – 7. Kawello – 8. Luwan tayül – 9. Xuxukatun – 10. Fragmento de canto tewelche – 11. Canto a las ballenas – 12. Leufü tayül – 13. Pewman ñi chao – 14. Rigkürigkütun – 15. Kona tayül – 16. Lafken tayül – 17. Kintu peñi – 18. Canción de despedida

Beatriz Pichi Malén (in Mapudungu, "little girl") was born in the community of Los Toldos (province of Buenos Aires, Argentina). She is cacique Ignacio Coliqueo's grand-grand-granddaughter, who was known as "Indian friend" of the Argentinean State during the "Conquest of the Desert" (in Spanish, "Conquista del Desierto", a military campaign by the Argentine government against indigenous tribes, 1869-1888). Since 1990, Pichi Malén spreads her knowledge on Mapuche dancing, singing and music performing on international stages. She has earned recognition and received several awards for this work.

Her first album, "Plata" (2000), is an accurate, minimalist portrait of her people's music, featuring a capella singing and traditional instruments. One highlight on this album is the track "Canción para dormir a un niño". On the contrary, "Añil" includes modern, electronic arrangements and effects (drums, bass, synthesizers), in an attempt to approach Mapuche sound heritage in a different way. As a result, some tracks sound a bit New Age ("Püñeñ kupül ülkan", "Pewman ñi chao") while others resemble some sort of incomprehensible "ethnic jazz" ("Xuxutakutun"). Despite this, the album contains a handful of notable songs: "We küyen" ("New moon"), "Kewpu tayül" ("Song of the arrow"), "Chel foro mapu" ("Land of the people's bones"), "Luwan tayül" ("Song of the guanaco") o "Rigkürigkütun" ("Jumping").

Official website.
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El Canto del Hombre

1. Canción de amor – 2. Canción del viajero – 3. Canción de juego de palín o chueca – 4. Canto y kultrung – 5. Canción infantil – 6. Canción del machi – 7. Trutruka – 8. Trutruka, kultrung y kadkawilla – 9. Kullkull – 10. Kullkull – 11. Nguillatun – 12. Nguillatun – 13. Nguillatun – 14. Trompe – 15. Trompe

"Mapuche" is a set of ethnographic recordings from the Chilean Araucanía made by researcher Ernesto González Greenhill between 1981 and 1983. The album includes ceremonial music, songs ülkantun and instruments such as the trutruka, the kultrun and the kullkull. First published in 1984, the album passed largely unnoticed at the time. In 1998 it was published digitally, and six years later was remastered and relaunched by Alerce label within the collection entitled "El canto del hombre".

The album, besides its documentary value, features a few tracks devoted the ngillatun prayers (including great recordings of pifilkas), the "song of the machi" at a pillantun ceremony, the trutruka "calls" by renowned trutrukatufe (trutruka player) Nemesio Ñamco, and the trompe or Jew's harp solos.

Official website: Not available.
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Música Mapuche


José Pérez de Arce
Música Mapuche

1. Kawin – 2. Oralidad – 3-5. Nguillatun – 6. Machitun – 7-8. Romance – 9-12. Kultrun – 13. Kakekultrun – 14. Pivillkawe – 15-24. Pivilkas – 25. Pinkulwe – 26-30. Trutruka – 31-32. Ñolkin – 33-34. Kullkull – 35-39. Trompe – 40-42. Kaskawilla – 43. Llol llol – 44. Wada – 45. Cada cada – 46. Paupawen

This CD accompanies the book "Música Mapuche", published by Chilean researcher and musician José Pérez de Arce in 2008, after more than two decades of research. The album broadens previous works, such as the exhibition "Música en la piedra" (Museum of Pre-Columbian Chilean Art) or his sound experiments with the band La Chimuchina.

It includes near a half hundred records, most of them featuring traditional Mapuche instruments, and some as little known as the caquekultrun, the pinkulwe, the llol llol, the wada, the cada cada, the paupawen, the ñolkiñ and the old stone pifilkas. In addition, it contains several tracks recorded at the ngillatun rogation celebration, the recovery ceremonies machitun and the community meetings kawin. This is an excellent production that is best enjoyed alongside the information provided by the book mentioned above. Nonetheless, even without this, the album may well act as an introduction to the Mapuche music for beginners.

Official website: Not available.
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