Afro-Peruvian Classics: The Soul Of Black Peru - Various Artists on LP
Reissued in Celebration of Luaka Bop's 25th Anniversary
Originally issued on Luaka Bop in 1995, the groundbreaking Afro-Peruvian Classics: The Soul Of Black Peru is the first Afro-Peruvian music heard outside of Brazil and the album that introduced Susana Baca to the world. This is secret music - a collection of beautiful songs and infectious grooves that was hidden for years in the coastal towns and barrios of Peru. It’s not the guys with flutes and drums in woolly hats - it’s music of the black Peruvian communities. Black Peruvians? Yes, Peru was involved in the slave trade too - and this wonderful, funky music is part of that legacy.
This music survived (barely) within the black communities, and was not accepted outside of those communities until the spark of black pride, ignited in the 1960s, and caught fire in the ’70s and ’80s. In the ’90s, this music became the pride of Peru - cassettes of it were sold on the street alongside techno, Megadeth and Andean folk groups. And while it maintains its funky roots, it attracted the creative talents of the best contemporary musicians, writers and poets who have furthered the evolution, growth and spread of this music. Thankfully it’s not a secret anymore and it’s yours to dance to!
Afro-Peruvian Classics - The Soul Of Black Peru Track Listing:
1. Maria Lando - Susana Baca
2. Yo No Soy Jaqui (I Am Not Jaqui) - Manuel Donayre
3. Canterurias - Cecilia Barraza
4. Samba Malato - Lucila Campos
5. Enciendete Candela (Light The Flame) - Roberto Rivas & El Conjunto Gente Morena
6. Azuca De Cana (Sugarcane) - Eva Ayllon
7. Prendeme La Vela (Light My Candle) - Abelardo Vasquez & Cumanana
8. Lando - Chabuca Granda
9. Toro Mata (Bull Kills) - Lucila Campos
10. Son De Los Diablos (Dance Of The Devils) - Peru Negro
11. No Me Cumben (That's Not For Me) - Nicomedes Santa Cruz
12. Una Larga Noche (A Long Night) - Chabuca Granda
13. Lando - Peru Negro
14. Maria Lando - David Byrne
15. Zapateo En Menor - Vincente Vasquez D.