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Argentina: Tritonic Musics of the North-West

Various Artists
Argentina: Tritonic Musics of the North-West

The early peoples of Andean northwest Argentina lost many of their cultural traits in the course of occupation by the Incas and colonization by the Spanish. But in vocal and instrumental music, they conserved the pre-Columbian tritonic system. The songs here, sung in Spanish, are striking in their indigenous character. The musical instrumentation consists of one or more cajas, a type of hand-held drum, and two types of horns, the erque and the erquencho. The large erque is traditionally made of sections of interlocking reed with a lateral mouthpiece and is typically played during the winter months.The erquencho, a rustic clarinet, is played during the summer months.

The music was recorded during the annual carnival season in the summer months of 1988, and is reflective of the type of music performed at that time of year. The liner notes, in English and French, provide geographic and ethnographic background and detailed musicological information.

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This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available, including a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track Listing

Misachico Esteban Sajama 1:48
Toque quebradeño Domingo Sajama 2:02
Toque abrapampeño Mario Mendoza 2:00
Toque vallista de Iruya Mario Mendoza 2:24
Tonada de carnaval Juana Francisca Siares 8:19
Contrapunto Doña Agueda de Callata and a guest of the Cuevas family 5:39
Coplas del abrapampeño n/a 1:17
Coplas de carnaval José Mendoza's family and guests 9:59
Tonada "Chañar caído" Rosa Guanco 3:35
Tonada "La flor de Tafí" Isidora Alvarez de Guanco 2:13
Tonada "Qué haré con llorar" & Arribeñas Rosa Guanco 3:32
Tonada "Aquí he venido" & Arribeña "Palomita carcelera" Rosa Guanco 4:32
Arribeñas Isidora Alvarez de Guanco 1:45
Tonada "Tafí del Valle" Rosa Guanco 4:14
Tonada "Ya me voy" Rosa Guanco and Isidora Alvarez de Guanco 4:20
Bagualas carnavaleras Vicenta Viñabal, Celestino Meriles, Marta Maria Taritolay, Calixto Cardoza, Leucatia Cardoza, Gabino Diaz 10:20