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  1. Read more: A New Music Era Is Coming
    A New Music Era Is Coming

    A New Music Era Is Coming

    Never before had the lyrics of Peruvian cumbia been able to touch the reality of migrants from the countryside living in the capital. In 1974, Grupo Celeste, under the direction of Víctor Casahuamán Bendezú, recorded En el campo, a first single that not only broke sales records, but also brought thousands of people into contact with their homeland. The band not only wove the nets of that urgent, necessary reconnection, but also gave birth to one of the most relevant popular singers in the history of Peru: Lorenzo Palacios Quispe "Chacalón".
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  2. Read more: There Is A Light that Never Goes Out
    There Is A Light that Never Goes Out

    There Is A Light that Never Goes Out

    In the Andes of Peru, in a valley formed by the Huallaga River, lies the city of Huanuco. There, a little over fifty years ago, the emblematic cumbia band Los Darlings de Huánuco was born, and since then their compositions have gone around the world, bringing their homeland to the ears of music lovers and collectors. Adversities kept them away from music for two decades, but in spite of this, they marked a parallel path and created their own history in the maximum splendor of Peruvian cumbia.
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  3. Read more: Lucha Reyes, el cantar enferma
    Lucha Reyes, el cantar enferma

    Lucha Reyes, el cantar enferma

    By 1973, Lucha Reyes had already reached the peak of her career, and that summer she gets invited to perform in Chicago and at the renowned Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan. She still does not know that she will have to quit the stages forever that year, at the request of her doctors, who see her body deteriorating due to diabetes. But she now feels like an Ella Fitzgerald or a Nina Simone whose voice has acquired an unquestionable weight. Now she is listened to with respect and attention both in working-class alleys and in renowned theaters of the world”.
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  4. Read more: The sensual bolero of Estelita del Llano
    The sensual bolero of Estelita del Llano

    The sensual bolero of Estelita del Llano

    "Sensual”, her debut album, is one of the greatest gems of Venezuelan bolero. The backing of the Porfi Jiménez Orchestra and his arrangements made “Sensual” one of the most successful albums of its time. The selection of the twelve songs on the album was also a success. Although the years of the bolero's greatest splendor seemed to have passed, the bolero continued to spread throughout Latin America.
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  5. Read more: The Power of Voice and Fantasy
    The Power of Voice and Fantasy

    The Power of Voice and Fantasy

    Before starting a fascinating artistic life that would earn her a star on Hollywood Boulevard, Yma Sumac was, in fact, Zoila Emperatriz Chávarry (1922 - 2008), a girl from the heights of Cajamarca (Perú) who boasted having had exotic birds as singing teachers. Since then, Yma understood that fiction would be useful not only to reinvent herself with the lavish originality that would make her the first Peruvian to arrive in Hollywood, but also to paint her country with myths and legends in a time that it was little more than a sketch for the world: an arcane and unknown country that deserved to be seen.
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  6. Read more: Crushing With Joy, Grupo Alegría
    Crushing With Joy, Grupo Alegría

    Crushing With Joy, Grupo Alegría

    To talk about Grupo Alegria is to propose an approach to the origins of Andean psychedelic cumbia. It is a way to resume the time when big ‘chicha’ groups took over the capital and put the final soundtrack to an epoch of great hopes, passion and pain.
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