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     Land of winds > Rhythms and styles > Style | Issue 16 (Sep.-Oct. 2013)
    By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

Huayno ayacuchano

Huayno ayacuchano

The huayno ayacuchano is a style of huayno that is characteristic of the department of Ayacucho (southern Peru). It has become one of the most popular and widespread music styles in the Peruvian Andes, and has found a place in the repertoire of many artists – including the guitarists Manuelcha Prado and Raúl García Zárate, the duet formed by brothers García Zárate, the Ayacucho duet, and the singers Ángel Bedrillana, Isaac Vivanco, and Porfirio Ayvar.

The huayno ayacuchano is usually played on string instruments (guitar, harp, violin), and carries a certain sad and nostalgic air. There are traditional huaynos, which have origins in rural areas of the department, and modern huaynos that have been created by urban musicians conserving the old pattern and using the Quechua language in the lyrics or a mix of Quechua and Spanish. It is a cultural expression of the Sierra, and for some time, especially from the 1970s and during the violence period (1980-2000), it has portrayed the sufferings and joys of local peasants.

Video 01. "Huaynos ayacuchanos", by Riber Oré.
Video 02. "Huaynos ayacuchanos", by Dúo Ayacucho.
Video 03. "Atoq challay", by Isaac Vivanco.
Video 04. "Selección de huaynos ayacuchanos", by Los Manantiales.
Video 05. "Selección de huaynos ayacuchanos", by Porfirio Ayvar.
Video 06. "Recopilación del huayno ayacuchano", by Manuel Silva.
Video 07. "Vicuñitascha", by Raúl García Zárate.

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