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    Land of winds > Music > Reviews | Issue 13 (Jan.-Feb.2013)
    By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

Introduction to the sikuris music

In recent times the number of ensembles, groups and bands of sikuris has increased in the geographical-cultural region surrounding Lake Titicaca, in the highlands of Bolivia, and in neighbouring areas (towns of Chile, Argentina and central Peru). However, the release of studio albums and recorded material has not seen the same growth, what can largely be attributed to the philosophy maintained by many bands, which consider their artistic expressions as live experiences and do not want them to be part of the commercial music world. In any case, there are lots of multimedia materials (mostly available in video format) featuring live performances through which it is possible to share and spread the important work of these groups.

Since several Bolivian groups of sikuris have already been reviewed in previous issues of "Land of winds", they won’t be mentioned again in the following lines, including the Centro de Música Nativa Khonsatta, the Centro Viacha Aymara, the groups Markasata, Ruphay and Ayllu Majasaya, and the Conjunto Autóctono Sikuris Mallkus de Taypi Ayca.

Inevitably, much have to remain unsaid because of space restrictions, as it is the case with the valuable works of the Conjunto de Zampoñas 24 de Julio of Camilaca ("Los internacionales ponchos blancos") and the Grupo Folklórico de la Comunidad de Ilave ("Zampoñas de Puno"), both from southern Peru.

Conjunto de Zampoñas Motorizada de Ilave – Linda jarana | Sikuris 27 de Junio Nueva Era – ¡Fuerza, sikuri! | Centro Cultural Ayarachis de Ura Ayllu – Ura Ayllu pampapi | Grupo de Arte 14 de Setiembre de Moho – Desde la cuna de sikuris vuelve... (vol. 3) | Centro de Expresión Cultural Wayra Marka – Embajadores del arte y cultura juliaqueños - 26 años


Conjunto de Zampoñas Motorizada de Ilave - Linda jarana

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Conjunto de Zampoñas Motorizada de Ilave
Linda jarana
(Volcán – s/f)

1. Embrujo – 2. Ilaveñita – 3. Lago azul – 4. 3 de mayo – 5. Ilave querido – 6. K'ena k'ena y machu tusucc – 7. Jarana – 8. Albas de Ilave – 9. Motorizada – 10. Bajada de la cruz – 11. Locamente – 12. 29 de setiembre

This ensemble from Ilave (department of Puno, southern Peru) was founded in 1938 by a group of drivers, therefore the denomination "motorizada" (Spanish for "equipped with a motor"). "Linda jarana" includes several huaynos, a taquirari ("Embrujo") and a dance ("K'ena k'ena y machu tusucc"), all played on zampoñas (panpipes), bombos (drums), snare drums and cymbals. Despite some technical deficiencies in the sound, the album is worth listening to from start to finish for its "pedagogical" value, since it brings the music made by the sikuris bands to the listener, and introduces him to the sikumoreno format.

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¡Fuerza sikuri!

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Sikuris 27 de Junio Nueva Era
¡Fuerza sikuri!
(CIPCA/Inti Jalsu - 2001)

1. Taquiles en concierto – 2. Amantani en concierto – 3. K'otos – 4. Laquita – 5. Pasacalle – 6. Camacho – 7. Aires de layleja – 8. Filiberto 2 y 3 – 9. Puna runa – 10. Tres de mayo – 11. Antasiñanaca – 12. K'antus – 13. Diana

With a really spectacular performance display, this group from Puno (southern Peru) presents a colourful array of music styles for sikuris. Original from the area surrounding Lake Titicaca, all tracks are played on zampoñas (panpipes) and bombos (drums). The album sounds powerful and enchanting. It includes sikuris from the Taquile island ("Taquile en concierto") and from the locality of Amantani ("Amantani en concierto"), slow sikuris of Conima ("K'otos", "Camacho") and lively sikuris of Conima ("Aires de layleja"), lakitas ("Laquita"), ayarachis ("Puna runa") and k'antus ("K'antus"), as well as some compositions of their own. As a whole, it is a highly recommended work, which allows the listener to identify different variants of sikuriadas, how several voices intertwine, and the varied introductions performed at the beginning of each song.

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Ura Ayllu pampapi

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Centro Cultural Ayarachis de Ura Ayllu
Ura Ayllu pampapi
(C.C. Ayarachis de Ura Ayllu – s/f)

1. Ura-ayllu pampapi – 2. Rosalinaschay – 3. Diana – 4. Sonqoy – 5. Añoranzas – 10 de febrero – 6. Turkasita – 7. Pujllay – 8. Pujllay – 9. Misk'i ch'uncho – 10. Qjapero – 11. Ura-ayllumanta - Unanchay – 12. Diana atipanacuy – 13. Cuyocuyeña – 14. Llakiy – Awichu – Ura-ayllu pampapi – 15. Azucena – 16. Kallawaya – 17. Charco ch'uncho

Located in the community of Ura Ayllu (Cuyocuyo, Sandía province, department of Puno, southern Peru) the group's speciality, as its name suggests, are the ayarachis. This music genre for sikuris bands can be found all the way through the album ("Ura ayllu pampapi", "Rosalisnachay", "Turkasita", "Ura ayllumanta"), though it also includes sikumorenos ("Sonqoy", "Añoranzas", "Cuyocuyeña"), a qjapero or "eve's dance", and examples of ch'unchos, huaynos and pujllay (all three played on vertical flutes instead of zampoñas). The ayarachis were not very much known until recent times, and this album is an excellent opportunity to approach and admire them.

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Official website: Not available.
Link CD [www.czjrp.es.tl].



Desde la cuna de sikuris vuelve...

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Grupo de Arte 14 de Setiembre de Moho
Desde la cuna de sikuris vuelve... (vol. 3)
(Producciones Kantuta – s/f)

1. Presentación – 2. Mujhu markan thokthasiñapa – 3. Suma wawita – 4. Noche triste – 5. Negro volante – 6. Q'uena q'uenas – 7. Mariela – 8. Recuerdos moheños – 9. Siwar parki – 10. Amigo – 11. Coniman thokthasiñapa – 12. Pankar marka – 13. Achachi kkumu

"14 de Setiembre" is an ensemble native to the locality of Moho (department of Puno, southern Peru), aimed at spreading the region's music and cultural traditions. This album is of their latest works and includes a sikuri de Italaque ("Amigo"), several "lively" ("Suma wawita", "Negro volante", "Mariela", "Siwar parki") and "slow"-style sikuris ("Noche triste", "Recuerdos moheños", "Pankar marka") and a traditional local dance ("Q'uena q'uenas") which, despite its name, is not played on vertical flutes quena quenas but on zampoñas (panpipes) and bombo (drums).

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Official website: Not available.
Link CD [www.czjrp.es.tl].



Embajadores del arte y cultura juliaqueños - 26 años

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Centro de Expresión Cultural Wayra Marka
Embajadores del arte y cultura juliaqueños - 26 años
(s/d – 2008)

1. A mi Wayra Marka – 2. Awichu kaytanu – 3. Ayarachis de Paratia – 4. Ciudad de los vientos – 5. Fragmento de 4 esquinas – 6. Muruq qala – 7. Nelly – 8. Puli puli 01 – 9. Puli puli 02 – 10. Qhantus – 11. Qhaswa de San Sebastián – 12. Qheny – 13. Recuerdos de Santa Cruz – 14. Recuerdos del 10 de noviembre – 15. Soledad – 16. Suri sikuris

Appeared in 1982 in Juliaca (department of Puno, southern Peru), the Centro Wayra Marka (in Aymara, "town of winds") preserves and spreads their local musical traditions. The album celebrates their 26th anniversary and features various musical styles for zampoñas (panpipes): sikumorenos ("A mi Wayra Marka", "Ciudad de los vientos, "Recuerdos de Santa Cruz", "Soledad"), sikuris from the Taquile island ("Fragmento de 4 esquinas"), ayarachis ("Ayarachis de Paratia"), k'antus ("Qhantus"), traditional dances ("Qheny", from the Wat'a island) and "suri sikuris" (a Peruvian style resembling the sikuri de Italaque, without any connection to the suri sikuris of Bolivia). In addition, the work includes several songs played on pinkillos, such as a wiphala of Moho ("Muruq Qala"), puli pulis of Juliaca and the traditional "Qhaswa de San Sebastián" that is performed during the so-called "Carnaval chico" celebrated in Juliaca.

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Link CD [www.czjrp.es.tl].



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