Peña Unleashes the Sounds of Afro-Peruvian Music

Peña (Secret Stash Records , 2010)

Peña is an exploration of Afro-Peruvian music. American guitarist Cory Wong and Eric Foss, co-owners of Minneapolis-based Secret Stash Records were fascinated by Afro-Peruvian music. In April of 2010, Wong and Foss realized their dream of traveling to Lima, Peru. With the help of an interpreter they assembled Peña, an Afro-Peruvian ensemble featuring a handful of the best Afro-Peruvian musicians.

This is not a recording of Peruvian musicians exclusively performing their own music, but rather a collaboration between Wong’s guitar and various Peruvian and non-Peruvian vocalists, percussionists, bass players and guitarists. The track selection includes vocal as well as instrumental pieces that cover the entire range of Peruvian music, from Afro-Peruvian beats to passionate folk pieces with Andean and Spanish influences.

Guest musicians include U.S.-based Argentine vocalist Sofia Rei Koutsovitis (vocals), Eric Kurimski (guitar), Jorge Roeder (upright bass) and Jorge “Coqui” Perez-Albela (cajon).

The Peña project includes a CD and a DVD documentary inside a beautiful wooden box.

Peña is a dynamic mix of Afro-Peruvian melodic passion and infectious energy.

Buy the album: Peña

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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