A beautiful snapshot Afro-Peruvian music from Secret Stash – a huge, ambitious step for the label – a labor of love to capture the passionate, percussive and amazing strain of Peruvian music that's been too little heard outside of Peru! Secret Stash headed to Lima in March of 2010 with portable recording equipment, an interpreter, and an informal plan to capture local musicians. There they caught the Afro-Peruvian music that blossoms in the country to this day, music rooted in the slave culture of coastal Peru, recorded at gatherings of local musicians, singers, dancers and otherwise passionate performers. The guitarists, percussionists and singers are credited as Pena – so named for the musical gatherings unique to the culture. The music was recorded in classrooms, living rooms, balconies, offices, stoops and auditoriums in a whirlwind journey through Lima – none of it in a modern studio, yet the sound and the performances are impeccable. Twin Cities guitarist Cory Wong made the trip and plays in the loose Peruvian ensemble, which includes percussionists Chico Chavez, Hugo Alcazar and others, guitarists Alberto Gil & Javier Choy, vocalists Paloma Godoy, Sofia Rei Koutsovitis, bass player Jorge Roeder and others. Titles include "El Carmen", "El Mayoral", "Mi Corazon Roto", "Todos Vuelven", "Chincha", "Tarumero", "Jose Maria", "San Miguel De Piura", "Romance Del Peru", "Puente De Los Suspiros", "Vals De La
Costa"Comes with a DVD documentary featuring hi def live performance and session recording footage, interviews, and the history of the music. A beautiful, unique package of timeless Peruvian music that truly deserves wider international exposure. Don't pass it up!
(Comes in a straight up beautiful wooden box – one of the most lovingly crafted CD packages we've seen in a long time!)