By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza
The chimayche or chimayichi is a style of huayno (and its associated dance) characteristic of the provinces of Pomabamba, Sihuas and Mariscal Luzuriaga (department of Áncash, Peru), which has been brought to Lima by immigrants. It is usually played with the harp and violin, and, sometimes, a traverse flute. The chimayche is played at the end of typical dancing performances but also provides the accompaniment for partner dances at family celebrations.
Female dancers wear a llullimpa (black, pink and light blue skirt) embellished with local embroidery pintay bata (colourful flowers), leather ankle boots, a pink, light blue or lilac blouse, and an elegant wool hat with ribbon. Male dancers' costume consists of a white shirt, a black suit, a black poncho, a white hat and a colourful sash.
The chimayche should not be confused with the chimaycha, music genre associated with carnival in the valleys of Pampas, Qaracha and Sondondo (province of Lucanas, department of Ayacucho). Originally known as qiqara o pukllay, it is sometimes played on a small chordophone similar to the charango, called chinlilo or chinlili.
Video 01. Chimayche of Pomabamba 01.
Video 02. Chimayche of Pomabamba 02 [low quality].
Video 03. "Ay, lirio, lirio" and "Altun purij wayanito", by Los Alegres de Chinchobamba.
Video 04. Selection of chimayches, by Los Chimaycheros de Rayan - Pauca.