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Viento Callejero: “Soledad”

Viento Callejero (“street breeze”) represents the youthful vigor of a renaissance of Latino dance music in communities from East L.A. to Oakland. This Los Angeles-based ensemble is part of a younger generation of artists driving the resurgence of cumbia—reinterpreting this Afro-Colombian form and providing new … Continue reading Viento Callejero: “Soledad”

Angel Callañaupa: Honoring Pachamama through Painting

The Peru program at the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival takes its name from Pachamama, translating to “Mother Earth” in the native Quechua and Aymara languages. Pachamama is central to the many peoples of Peru; in order to fully understand and celebrate their cultures, we need … Continue reading Angel Callañaupa: Honoring Pachamama through Painting

Trío de Estudiantina Municipal de Ayacucho

The Trío de Estudiantina Municipal de Ayacucho is part of a larger community ensemble that performs for fiestas, funerals, and other town events. They practice the huayno, a traditional genre with Andean roots that incorporates both pre-Hispanic and Western musical elements. While the 2015 Folklife Festival was … Continue reading Trío de Estudiantina Municipal de Ayacucho

Horses Who Dance? Meet the Moran Family’s Peruvian Pasos

When Wilde Moran moved to the United States, he opened the Rancho San Miguel de Aquia in Gainesville, Virginia, to raise Peruvian Paso horses. During a Festival Community Day at the Perú: Pachamama program, his daughter, Valerie Moran, shared the story of the unique breed to … Continue reading Horses Who Dance? Meet the Moran Family’s Peruvian Pasos

New Inca Son: Andean Song and Dance in the United States

On the second night of the Folklife Festival, Boston-based New Inca Son delivered a humorous and spirited performance in the Hirshhorn Museum’s Ring Auditorium. Throughout the show, the enchanted audience clapped along to lively Andean music, laughing and cheering for the charismatic dance. Filmography: Angela Calonder, … Continue reading New Inca Son: Andean Song and Dance in the United States

Tondero and Marinera Mochera with Dayan Aldana

Even after moving to the United States from Peru, Dayan Aldana continues to perform música criolla—a genre born from a mixture of Spanish, Andean, and African influences. Aldana participated in the Perú: Pachamama program’s Festival Community Days, accompanying Marinera Viva!!! with tondero tunes from Peru’s north coast. Filmography: LaQuinda Grimes, … Continue reading Tondero and Marinera Mochera with Dayan Aldana