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”

Danza Sarawja: Circling Through Histories

Behind every great dance is a rich and complex history. The danza Sarawja, presented at the 2015 Folklife Festival, exemplifies the mix of Spanish and pre-Inka traditions in Peru. In the Moquegua Region of the southern Andean highlands, the Tixani Valley communities inherited many pre-Inka traditions, but, as … Continue reading Danza Sarawja: Circling Through Histories