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Takirari/Wayna Picchu/Tinku: Folk Music From Peru

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

Young Peruvian group Wayne Picchu is made up of three brothers who learned to play the various traditional pipes and flutes in early childhood. Their music, while being traditional, has a contemporary feel partially due to the keyboards and bass that they use in addition to the traditional instruments. The group recorded their debut album in 1996. They currently live and work in Germany, but return to Peru frequently for concerts and recording sessions.

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Wayna Picchu (Andean flutes); Reben Salinas Castillo (vocals, guitar).

Producers: Pablo Carcamo, Wayna Picchu Music Promotion.

Recorded at ARC Music Studios, East Grinstead, United Kingdom. Includes liner notes by Anita Salinas..

This quartet is made up of four members of the Castillo family, three brothers and a sister. They play all the requisite instruments for an Andean folk band: the zamponas or panpipes, the kena (sometimes spelled quena) or flute, the ronroco or miniature guitar, the charango or tortoise-shell mandolin, and more. All four members sing.

The album is buffed and produced to a high gloss. It's not clear how something can be folk music with no rough edges at all. And in at least one song, "Tarmenita," it sounds very much as if a little faux-North American Indian chant is thrown in for atmosphere. And yet, in another song, "Espiritu Inka," the melody is split between two panpipes in a traditional and difficult move. Other tracks come dangerously close to spaghetti western or new age music. Still, the songs are lively and pleasant and if the listener doesn't care about authenticity, they should make for a warm experience. ~ Kurt Keefner



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