Pascuala Ilabaca Accordion, Juan Nuñez Vocals, Christian Chiang Flute, Jaime Frez Percussion, Miguel Razzouk Clarinet
Lucy Acevedo Solo Vocals, Frank Vidal Piano, Octavio Vilchez Guitar, Alexander Bravo Guitar, David Sandoval Guitar, Orlando Rodriguez Choir Singing, Pablo Ramirez Percussion, Dionys Varias Percussion, Carlos Acevedo Percussion, Hugo Zegarra Percussion, Jorge Acevedo Orchestra Direction
Part 3: Trail of Gold - Underway in the Andes
Further information on this concert to be announced.
Today, Peru is one of the ten largest producers of copper, gold, silver and other minerals. The history of the mines is closely intertwined with Afro-Peruvian music: after slavery was abolished in 1854, the descendants of black slaves settled mostly in the mining towns along the Peruvian coast. There they scraped a living on the lowest of wages as “free” workers. Over the centuries, these Afro-Peruvians have mixed very little with the indigenous tribes or the descendants of European colonizers and have lived as a small, almost closed minority – with their music which has carried both the rythm of their work and their memories through the generations. As the “sacred” drums were prohibited even for the slaves, the workers replaced them with the wooden packing crates that were used for shipping merchandise. As a result, the cajón (box) became part of their sacred rituals, and Afro-Peruvian music found its distinctive sound. Yet even 100 years after the end of slavery, Afro-Peruvian culture in the country of Machu Picchu still received no official recognition. Only with the composer, poet and singer Nicomedes Santa Cruz (1925 – 1992) and the band Perú Negro in the 1970s did the music become known, and without which global Latin music as we know it today would not have been possible. Susana Baca is a legitimate successor of these pioneers of Afro-Peruvian music. She has spent the last 25 years travelling the length and breadth of the country documenting the memories of the last surviving Afro-Peruvian folk musicians, their treasure of melodies, rhythms and songs. Today, she is the most powerful voice of Afro-Peruvian culture there is.