Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Syncretic, Not Synthetic: The Crafts of Peru

sound►culture is a Folklife Festival podcast series featuring stories, songs, and fieldwork gathered on the National Mall and around the world. Long before the Perú: Pachamama artisans flew thousands of miles to grace the National Mall, Spanish colonists sailed thousands of miles to find indigenous … Continue reading sound►culture
Syncretic, Not Synthetic: The Crafts of Peru

Tutuma’s Final Festival Performance

Members of the Afro-Peruvian group Tutuma use traditional songs and zapateo dance to continue the work of their father, Amador Ballumbrosio (the “godfather of Afro-Peruvian music”). Through their performance, Tutuma spreads knowledge of their ancestors: enslaved Africans in Peru during Spanish colonization. Tutuma helped bring … Continue reading Tutuma’s Final Festival Performance

Los Wembler’s de Iquitos: “Carapira”

Every day of the 2015 Folklife Festival, the very traditional sounds of Peruvian mandolinas and charangos were often overpowered by the electric guitars of Los Wembler’s de Iquitos. This band from the largest city if the Peruvian Amazon combines North American rock ’n’ roll,  Latin American cumbia, Andean traditional … Continue reading Los Wembler’s de Iquitos: “Carapira”

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