Sangre de un Don

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Fans of the incomparable Susana Baca will be more than heartened by the long awaited international debut of the Afro-Peruvian music-and-dance group Peru Negro. For the uninitiated, the music of Peru's black community is a riot of syncopation, dusky melodies, and exotic instruments. Combining the dry sting of Spanish guitar with the rumble of African percussion and chant, the music is a stirring portrait of a unique cultural mix. Deprived of drums by their Spanish colonial lords, the African slaves and their descendants transformed wooden shipping crates into the percussive caj?n, which, alongside jawbone rattles the quijada and a smaller box drum the cajita, gives ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Fans of the incomparable Susana Baca will be more than heartened by the long awaited international debut of the Afro-Peruvian music-and-dance group Peru Negro. For the uninitiated, the music of Peru's black community is a riot of syncopation, dusky melodies, and exotic instruments. Combining the dry sting of Spanish guitar with the rumble of African percussion and chant, the music is a stirring portrait of a unique cultural mix. Deprived of drums by their Spanish colonial lords, the African slaves and their descendants transformed wooden shipping crates into the percussive cajón, which, alongside jawbone rattles the quijada and a smaller box drum the cajita, gives Afro-Peruvian music its signature sound. Sangre de un Don presents classics of the repertoire from the arts institution that sparked the revival of black Peruvian music and culture in the '70s. Although the lineup has grown from 12 to more than 30 members since its founding by Ronaldo Campos de la Colina his son Ronny handles arrangements and percussion for the ensemble, their rhythmic verve remains. Honey-voiced singers Monica Dueñas and Elina del Rio enliven the traditional "Samba Malató" and "Ruperta" with flirtatious glee, while the Peru Negro classic "Toro Mata" once memorably covered by Celia Cruz gets a coolly seductive reading. While Baca's artistry has taken many of these songs to new levels of jazzy fluidity, the earthy sophistication of Peru Negro's folkloric approach is just as potent -- and irresistible.
All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
The debut album from Peru Negro, a group of Afro-Peruvian performers who have been together since 1969. Previously the group had only been recorded for David Byrne's Soul of Black Peru compilation. This is Afro-Peruvian at its best in an ensemble format. The three most basic forms of music from the genre are presented on this CD: the festeja nice, simple party music, the alcatraz music accompanying a rather suggestive dance routine, and el toro mata, the most common type of song in the Afro-Peruvian traditions. Bandleader Ronny Campos serves as an excellent songwriter within the forms that are dealt. There is the obvious sound combination of Spanish and African flavors as one would expect, but there is an added tinge of something deeper. That something is rather difficult to put one's finger on, but it's an integral part of the music. For Afro-Peruvian music, there are certainly a number of worthwhile artists and albums to pick up such as Susana Baca or Lucila Campos, but for the ensemble format, this is certainly worth placing at the top of the pile. The interplay of the female vocalists, the instrumentalists, and the male exclamations throughout the album makes it a stunning exercise in counterpoint and rhythm. Pick it up as a fan of the genre or as an intrepid newcomer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2001
  • Label: Times Square Records
  • UPC: 738572901325
  • Catalog Number: 9013
  • Sales rank: 202,361

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ruperta (4:16)
  2. 2 Negro Por Siempre (4:37)
  3. 3 Jolgorio de los Negritos (3:40)
  4. 4 Ollita Noma (4:33)
  5. 5 Toro Mata (5:17)
  6. 6 Samba Malato (4:16)
  7. 7 Trabaja Trabaja (4:49)
  8. 8 Machete en Su Cuna (5:40)
  9. 9 Mama Nangue (3:58)
  10. 10 Negro con Sabor (3:47)
  11. 11 Cocofrito (2:55)
  12. 12 Sangre de un Don (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peru Negro Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Jaime Rodriquez Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A MUST HAVE!

    If you like rhythm at all, I guarantee you that you will like this cd. I listen to it every time I ride in my car. Everything is perfect. I also own The Soul of Black Peru and that is a good one also. I really admire these people for keeping the music and tradition alive. Thank you soooo much and I can't wait to obtain some more cds as flavorful as this. Everything is wonderful--the guitar, cajitas......A MUST HAVE!

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