A Survey of Music in Peru - Occasional Paper No.71 (Paperback)
  • A Survey of Music in Peru - Occasional Paper No.71 (Paperback)

A Survey of Music in Peru - Occasional Paper No.71 (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 19/07/1993
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Peru is strongly associated with Andean "folkloric" music played on the "charango", "quena" and panpipes. This genre forms part of urban "mestizo" culture, taking its inspiration from indigenous Indian "campesinos", and their legendary fiestas and rituals. This survey aims to clarify the historical and cultural background to the wealth of musical forms to be found in Peru. It includes the African tradition which evolved in the slave communities of the sugar and cotton plantations in colonial times. During this century, "Afro" rhythms were incorporated into the popular creole music of Lima. In the 1950s, Nicomedes Santa Cruz led the Afro-Peruvian revival which rescued dances and rhythms which had fallen into disuse. More recently, the nation's popular music has been replaced by "chicha", a musical form that is the creation of poor Andean migrants whose shanty towns surround cities such as Lima. The survey concludes with an account of other recent developments, the "Nueva Cancion" movement and "Rock Nacional".

Publisher: British Museum Press
ISBN: 9780861590711

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