Afro-Peruvian music is one of the most elusive genres in the world. It’s practically unheard outside the borders of Peru, and the people there are even unsure of many aspects of its history.
The roots of this music date back to the mid 1500s, but over time Afro-Peruvian culture and its music faded. From the mid 1950s through the 1970s, Peruvian labels such as El Virrey, IEMPSA, and Odeon supported an Afro-Peruvian revival with the release of hundreds of albums.
The Rhythms of Black Peru is a collection of some of the most important Afro-Peruvian recordings of all time that is over a year and half in the making. Many of the tracks were discovered after digging for records in a run-down garage located in central Lima last April. This compilation includes prolific figures in Afro-Peruvian culture such as Nicomedes Santa Cruz, Chabuca Granda, and Zambo Cavero.
This new album comes in vinyl with a special download card so you can get all the tracks as high quality downloads. Nice.
Download: Evan Ayllon – ‘Ruperta (Lando)’ from The Rhythms of Black Peru