Peña Volume II (Secret Stash Records, 2011)
Producer and guitarist Cory Wong has released a second set of recordings made during his visit to Peru. Peña Volume II continues exploring the African-rooted music of coastal Peru, although he also adds popular pieces that have Andean and Nueva Canción elements, bringing together the African, indigenous and Spanish influences in Peruvian music.
Peña Volume II is available digitally. Wong explains Volume II, “when we got back from Lima last year we sat down and divided up the recordings into two excellent collections that stood well on their own. It actually drove me nuts to hold back some of my favorite recordings for Volume 2. Due to the reception of the first volume, we knew it was time to release the rest of the tracks on this second volume. In fact, I think I may like Volume II a bit more than Volume 1,” concluded Wong.
Musicians on Peña Volume II include Cory Wong (guitar), Sofia Rei Koutsovitis (vocals), Eric Kurimski (guitar), Jorge Roeder (bass), Jorge “Coqui” Perez-Albela (percussion), Hugo Alcazar (percussion), Paloma Godoy (vocals), Chico Chavez (percussion), Andrés Prado (guitar), Alberto Gil (guitar, lead vocals), Larry (percussion, background vocals), Miguel Santos (guitar), Victor León (vocal), and Javier Choy (guitar).
Peña Volume II celebrates the passion and vitality of Peru’s folk dances and melodies. It is a real gift to fans of Afro-Peruvian music.
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 produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and 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. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.