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Various Artists

Afro-Peruvian Classics: The Soul of Black Peru

Afro-Peruvian Classics: The Soul of Black Peru

UPC: 680899001816

Format: LP

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Compilation producers: David Byrne, Yale Evelev.
Includes liner notes by Fietta Jarque and Gregorio Martinez.
The Afro-Peruvian style heard on The Soul of Black Peru compilation originated hundreds of years ago from the Spanish slave trade. The music is a mix of African, Spanish, and Andean traditions, due to the fact that the slaves who came to Peru were not from one specific region, so they did not have a common language to communicate with. It's easy to break the music down and see which culture contributed what -- the lyrics are all sung in Spanish (Spain), have a slight melancholy approach (similar to the Yaravi form from the Andes), and boast interesting rhythms (Africa). The musical form is just starting to catch on in other parts of the world, and deservedly so. And since this is heartfelt, emotional music, fans outside of the world music circle can easily grasp and appreciate it. Ranging from Manuel Donayre's "Yo No Soy Jaqui" to Chabuca Granda's "Lando" (Luaka Bop Records head David Byrne even contributes a track, "Maria Lando"), The Soul of Black Peru is a true musical treasure. ~ Greg Prato


1 - Maria Lando
2 - Yo No Soy Jaqui (I Am Not Jaqui)
3 - Canterurias (Songs)
4 - Samba Malato
5 - Enciendete Candela (Light the Flame)
6 - Azucar de Caña (Sugarcane)
7 - Prendeme la Vela (Light My Candle)
8 - Landó
9 - Toro Mata (Bull Kills)
10 - Son de los Diablos (Dance of the Devils)
11 - No Me Cumben (That's Not for Me)
12 - Una Larga Noche (A Long Night)
13 - Lando
14 - Maria Lando
15 - Zapateo en Menor