If you've read John Bryant's and my 'DX and the Library' article in Proceedings , you'll know that there are a lot of interesting books out there by broadcasting professionals. Published by a social-agency branch of the Peruvian Catholic Church with financial aid from Dutch Catholics , this book looks into the background of Peruvian radio, its role in Peruvian culture, and at the history of some specific Catholic radio stations in Peru.
In this column we're going to dive into an article by Jose Antonio Llorens and Reynaldo Tamayo on folk music radio programs in Lima, which I will condense, paraphrase, and loosely translate, as well as work in a few of my own thoughts.
Listening to international folk music is one of the priviledges of being a shortwave hobbyist, and most hobbyists who have heard it would agree that Peruvian folk music is some of the best. But has anyone ever stopped to realize that what we hear is local radio stations playing local folk music to local listeners? If that doesn't seem odd, think of how many of your local radio stations play American folk music.
Except for a few weekend spots on public radio stations, American folk music has disappeared from the airwaves and sadly been relegated to a very small minority status in the U. Modern influences, including modern music, from the city have replaced our folk music heritage. Peru, however, is a very interesting contrast. Not only is folk music alive and well in the Andes Mountains, where it has its roots, but Peruvian folk music has invaded cosmopolitan Lima and become a significant force in the Lima radio scene.
It would be sort of like if West Virginia dulcimer music took a big chunk of the New York City radio market. Llorens and Tamayo's article tells how this came about, thanks to the inspiration of one man forty years ago.
Peru is composed of two major ethno-geographic regions. The Sierra , or Andes mountains, run down the middle of the country, and are home to several million Indians. These people are descendents of the ancient Incas, and still speak the Quechua language and follow many of the same customs that their ancestors have for hundreds of years.
The second region is the narrow coastal desert plain along the Pacific ocean. Les Paul - guitar Les was called in at the last minute, to replace Oscar Moore on guitar. Lee Young - drums brother of Lester Young. In Granz leased the recordings to Mercury Records.
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David Stone Martin was born in Chicago He graduated from the art school in and came to New York in the early s. Although some call them the Peruvian Daft Punk because they also wear masks in their sets, Dengue Dengue Dengue is a DJ duo that picks up psychedelic cumbia and makes electronic music out of it. It is a risky combination, a dangerous mix, but Dengue Dengue Dengue pushed cumbia to its limits and in doing so released one of the most popular songs of contemporary music in Peru.
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