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MUSIC from the ANDES...and nearby regions  Español
Photo: Paige Stasney - Girl plays at an improvised soccer goal in a settlement near Vicco, Peru (~4100m/13500 ft above sea level)

I've been collecting music from the Andean Cordillera during college and for years afterward. Please e-mail any corrections or comments. There is a wide - and growing - variety of examples here. I hope you'll be inspired to look further into the music and other sociocultural facets of the Andes region and South America in general. Be sure to check your local listings for live performances of this music. CDs are also available - James Duncan, Santa Cruz, California, USA

If you can help with more information on the artists, titles, and record numbers, be sure to e-mail me.

Plus...MORE SONGS with notes by Paul Farren of the London group,  ACHALAY. This is wonderful hand picked music from Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela, Peru, Uruguay and Colombia.

Online CD Quality Streaming Radio
 Radio Intiraymi
Streaming music from Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru 
Radio Antena Sur 90.3 FM    Huancayo, Peru 
"South Antenna" radio is in an Andean city whose municipal altitude is 10,692 ft./3,259 m.  Also see their YouTube channel with Andean music videos.
Melodias del Ande 
Peru Folk Radio  Trujillo, Peru  
From "The City of Eternal Spring".  See their YouTube channel with Andean music videos.

Music Files - the Andes and more

Music will stream (wma) to your player: Windows Media, etc. or various Linux players.

Latest Additions  
Cueca: La Huerfana Virginia - Bolivia
Alejandro Camara
- charango master
Fabiana Claure - live piano concert
Atahuallpa - K'ala Marka
Atahuallpa - live in La Paz, Bolivia (YouTube)
Atahuallpa (1497-1533) was the last Inca Empire leader (Sapa Inca). He was executed by the Spanish under Pizarro on August 29. The empire declined after his death. This is why an ominous ring in the middle of the tune.
Gloria - Takillakkta 'Coplas Americana' - Canto Popular
'Jacha Uru' - Las Valijas 'Aguita de Putina' - Los Uros del Titicaca
'Manchay Puyto' - Ayopaya Manta 'Ojos Azules' - Los Uros del Titicaca
'Icaisa' - Grupo Icaisa  
Grupo Bonanza - Bolivia 'Baila Morena' - Pueblo Andina
'Los Pobres Tambien Somos Felices' - Los Aukish 'Quintucha' - Runas
'Sube A Nacer Conmigo' - Los Calchakis 'Chiquitina' - Signos
'Zumampa'- Los Calchakis 'A Don Ata' - Dolly Principe
'Palomitayqa' - Dolly Principe 'El Caso Wayanay' - Chopkjas
'Kay Mayu' - Qary Bastidas 'Luna Bonita' - Marcela Morelo
'Contigo Sera Mi Corazon' - Maya Andina 'Rumisonqo' - Betty Lafuente
'Gritaré Tu Nombre' - Karal 'Mamitay' - Teo Rios

Older (pre-90s) - "Oldies"  (as compared to new Andean music)





Music Files - nearby regions or similar styles
These may also be interesting to Andes region music lovers

  • Rodrigo Martinez Villancico from Cancionero de Palacio (from Nowstar Renaissance)
  • Ecuadoran Tune Played in Ragtime
  • 'Barlovento' - Venezuela//Los Caracas - Lyrics
  • 'El Gavilán'  - Venezuela//live performance/
    música llanera/vocal/harp/ensemble -
  • 'La Gota Fria' (vallenato)- Colombia//Carlos Vives - Lyrics
  • Rodrigo Martinez - vocal 1:39
  • Folia - based on Rodrigo Martinez tune
  • Passacaille - a pretty French passacaglia sung in Spanish
  • La púrpura de la rosa (The Blood of the Rose) - First staged in 1659 in Peru, this is the New World's first known opera composition. The brief clip is from the music by Torrejón y Velasco.  More info about this early opera is available by searching on the Internet.  There are occasional contemporary performances. CD More info
  • Spanish Tarantela - the Spanish influence - Lucas Ruiz de Ribavaz
  • Branle gai - the French influence - Pierre Attaingnant (c. 1494 - 1551)
    Here's a short little piece with harp, guitars, and a shawm (preceded the oboe)
  • 'Que dises, mei bon fraire' - the Spanish influence- old song from French Provence 
  • Ayo visto lo mappamundi - Italian Renaissance
    ("I've seen the map of the world") The tune has an atmosphere and styling not unlike some Andes tunes. Ironically, it was inspired by the explorer voyages of the 15th century, which had sad dire consequences for indigenous populations of the day.
  • 'Song'  - it does have harp and flutes, but this song has nothing to do with the other music except that it's extremely pretty - my favorite example of European operatic singing. Our Boleadora visitors have broad tastes. Recorded from a long out of print vinyl LP.
  • Kak za Donom za rekoy  This isn't Andean either but is a sample of the music on my Russian folk and dance music website RICHKA.COM. Be sure to check it out!

The music here is presented in low quality monophonic sound to make this page as globally universal as possible. If you'd like to buy this music in full CD stereo, you can search for artists, titles, and regions on Amazon, eBay, on general search engines, and of course at stores in your locality in the International Music section. 

If you like this site and its music, please put a link on your website. Do not link the individual music selections. Due to potential copyright issues, there is no downloadable music - it is available on some links however. 


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