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9 MP3 Songs
WORLD: World Traditions, LATIN: General
independently produced in 1991; release 7 Nov 1991
available on cassette and compact disc
Chaski performs and records Latin American folk music that features traditional instruments, colorful costumes, cultural insight, Andean dances, and audience participation. Instruments include flute, zampoñas (panpipes), quena, harp, cuatro, guitar, charango, bombo, maracas, and more.
The haunting Peruvian yaraví, Antara, features the ancient flutes of the Andes. (quena, quenacho) 3:06
Blanca rosa by César Junaro is a Bolivian bailecito, a dance which resembles the cueca but has a faster tempo. This arrangement features three sizes of zampoñas. (zampoñas, harp, charango) 4:28
Pixinginha and Benedito Lacerda composed this charming Brazilian chôro, 1x0, in honor of a championship soccer game in 1926. (harp, alto flute, cavaquinho, tamborim, pandeiro, surdo) 3:04
El choclo (The Corn Cob), a tango by Angel Villoldo that has been popular for decades, captures the flavor of Argentina. When the tango became all the rage in the teens and twenties, the dance caused a scandal and sparked predictions of declining family values among the masses. Chaski's arrangement features harp and zampoñas. 3:13
The inspiring lyrics and beautiful melody of Alma, corazón, y vida (Soul, Heart, and Life) by Adrian Flores, make this Peruvian vals a classic. "I have only these three little things to offer you: soul to win you over, heart to love you, and life to live by your side." 3:24
The traditional Bolivian cueca by Remedios de Daza, Traidora (Traitor) is also known as Has visto morir el sol. The songwriter tells how only death will let him forget his unrequited love. Join in the clapping when you hear "ahora." Recuerdos (Remembrances) exemplifies the lively Bolivian dance called the huayño. A strong rhythm from the bombo supports the syncopated melody played by the harp, zampoñas, and quena. The quena, a notched, vertical Andean flute, has existed for centuries. 6:22
The animated dance known as the joropo typifies lively Venezuelan rhythms. Los Mamonales features the harp accompanied by a cuatro and celebrates the orchards of the tart tropical fruit known as the mamón. 2:53
Manuel Acosta Villa Fañi's La calandria (The Calandra Lark) exemplifies the mournful beat of an Argentine zamba. (harp, zampoñas, quitar, bombo) 2:45
Pájaro chogüí, a Paraguayan galopa by Pitaguá, recounts the tale of a Guaraní indian boy hiding in a tree when his mother startles him with her call. He falls to his death but is magically transformed into a chogüí bird. Today in the orange groves of Paraguay the song of the chogüí reminds us of the Guaraní boy. 3:29
Chaski means "messenger" in the indigenous Andean language of Quechua
Pacha Mama is the "earth mother" of Andean folklore.
cuatro: Venezuelan four-string strummed instrument
flute: platinum Powell head joint and gold Brannen body
ocarina: bird-shaped clay flute from Costa Rica
quena: Bolivian vertical notched cane flute in F
quenacho: Bolivian vertical notched cane flute in C
zampoñas: Bolivian cane panpipes in four sizes (from small to large: ika, zanka, semi-toyas, toyas)
Acme nightingale call
palo de lluvia: rainstick from México
pedal harp: Lyon and Healy model 17 #
cavaquinho: Brazilian strummed instrument with four metal strings
charango: Bolivian ten-stringed strummed instrument
pandeiro: Brazilian tambourine
surdo: large Brazilian drum
tamborim: small hand-held Brazilian drum from
bombo: Bolivian goatskin drum from carved from a tree trunk
chajchas: Bolivian goat toe rattle
maracas: Venezuelan gourd rattles
Graphic design by Alison Cannon
Photography by Tommy Holt of Third Eye Photography, Austin, Texas
Recorded and mixed by Larry Seyer at Austin Recording Studio
Special thanks to Gary Powell
Produced and arranged by Chaski
P.O. Box 4303, Austin, TX 78765
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