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Sounds and Colours Peru

Sounds and Colours Peru is a book, CD and DVD taking a look at contemporary Peruvian culture, and the musical, cultural and folkloric icons that continue to have a big impact on the country’s identity.

Across 200 pages, 19 tracks and 2 hours of DVD video, we show another side of Peru, bringing life to this multicultural nation. From the indigenous traditions of the Andes, to the country’s reinstatement of its Afro-Peruvian identity, and on to the contemporary art, film and music that thrives on the coast. We worked with a team of writers, researchers, film-makers, musicians, artists and illustrators from around the world to put together Sounds and Colours Peru, a unique guide to Peruvian culture made with love, passion and integrity.

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BOOK CONTENTS

COVER
by Mara Mantari Ramos

FEATURES

PERUVIAN MUSIC
An Introduction
by Jorge Olazo

SUBTERRANEAN ENERGY
A Look at Lima’s Musical Underground
by Luis Alvarado

THE LAST STOP
Pascualillo Coronado and the Migrant Legacy of ‘La Carretera Central’
by Diego Hernandez

CLANDESTINE LANDS
Lima’s Music Pirates
by Manuel Vigo

THE ROOTS OF CHICHA
A Personal Account of Peru’s Cumbia Revival
by Olivier Conan

LUCHA LIBRO
Lima’s Literary Battles
by Russell Slater

AMAZON NIGHTS
Popular Music and Modern Rituals in Iquitos
by Kathryn Metz

A WORD’S WORTH A THOUSAND PICTURES
Field Recording in the Amazon
by David Aglow

AN IQUITOS CHRONICLE
Amidst The Unsettling Sea of Green
by Jorge Coaguila

THE WOOD FOR THE TREES
The Amazon’s starring Role In Cinema
by Ed Hart and Stuart Saw

MUSIC & AYAHUASCA
Exploring the Evolution of Shamans and Their Sacred Songs
by Vincent Moon

NEITHER OLD NOR OUT-OF-DATE
The Continuing Relevance of Traditional Peruvian Music
by Pablo Molina

FROM FOLKLORE TO EXOTICA
Yma Sumac and the Performance of Inca Identity
by Zoila Mendoza

THE MYTH OF PISHTACO
Fear and Fat in the Andes
by Agnieszka Bielecka

THE CHILDREN OF CHAMPITA
The Afro-Peruvian Legacy of the Ballumbrosios
by Florent Wattelier

AFRO-PERU
The Evolution of Afro-Peruvian Music As Seen Through the Eyes of María Landó
by Chloe Broadfield

OF FIRE AND WATER
Defining the Afro-Diaspora with Susana Baca
by Diane Ghogomu

PERUVIAN CINEMA
An Introduction
by Joanna Blyth

A REVOLUTION ON FILM
The Legacy of The Shining Path on Peruvian Cinema
by Nick MacWilliam

TRIBUTE TO THE CITY
Heddy Honigmann’s Limeño Documentaries
by Agnieszka Bielecka

GOOD, AVERAGE OR BAD
An Investigation Into Contemporary Peruvian Literature
by Russell Slater

IN THE ROSE GARDEN
A Tale of Researching Ribeyro
by Jessica Sequeira

SEARCHING FOR SOLARI
Whatever Happened to María Tellería Solari?
by Ed Hart

VERÁSTEGUI MAINTAINS
The Life and Dreams of a Peruvian Poet
by Juan José Sandoval Zapata

FOCUS ON AREQUIPA

PYROTECHNIC POETRY
El Calaverón’s Explosive Art Workshop
by Edward de Ybarra

ASIMTRÍA AND REUDO
Clamour Between The Mountain And The Desert
by Marco Valdivia

ONLY WASH WHEN YOU´RE FILTHY
The Story of Sucio Records and Rock in Arequipa
by Renato Rodriguez

PHOTOS

LIMAFOTOLIBRE
Documenting Everyday Limeño Life
by LimaFotoLibre

PACCARIK ORUE
Documenting Community and Social Justice in the Andes
by Russell Slater

TAKANAKUY
Festive Fights in Aid of Christmas Catharsis
by Boris Mercado

CHIARAJE
folkloric battles for mother nature
by Boris Mercado

HUAYLAS
Celebrating the Harvest with Ten Days of Music, Food and Dance
by Carlo Rodrigo Rojas

PROFILES

RUTA MARE
Revisiting and Reimagining Peru’s Popular Art
by Russell Slater

CARGA MÁXIMA
Peruvian Pop Typography
by Russell Slater

Q&A: DANIEL & DIEGO VEGA
Perceptions of Peruvian Cinema from the Director’s Chair
by Sofia Serbin de Skalon

HUMAN POTENTIAL
The Life and Work of César Vallejo
by Steven Totten

Q&A: CARBONCITO
Lima’s Comic Book Pioneers
by Russell Slater

GENTLEMAN OF THE SEAS
The Life and Times of Miguel Grau
by Steven Totten

Q&A: MARCO SUEÑO
Breaking Boundaries with Street Art
by Russell Slater

SAINT OF THE PEOPLE
From Modest Maid to Cult Hero: The Unlikely Story of Sarita Colonia
by Steven Totten

Q&A: PIERR VASQUEZ
Continuing the Afro-Peruvian Legacy
by Camilo Martinez

ADDITIONAL ARTWORK
by Edson Ikê and Lee Hodges

CD COMPILATION

Sounds and Colours Peru includes a CD compilation, showcasing new music from Peru, ranging from the digital cumbia of Elegante Y La Imperial and Dengue Dengue Dengue! to the indie-pop of Las Amigas de Nadie and Kanaku Y El Tigre, and from the huayno harp playing of Los Cholos to the gorgeous bolero of La Lá. These are the sounds that are currently gaining Peru a reputation as a hotbed of new and innovative music. Listen to the compilation below:

DVD

The book comes with a 2-hour DVD containing short films made by French film-maker Vincent Moon in Peru. Forming part of his Petites Planètes series, which has seen the director travel around the world filming local and little-heard music. In 2013 he travelled extensively around Peru, creating incredible vignettes of the music being made in the country. Our DVD collects together 13 of his short films, some of which have additional subtitles and some of which are being presented in special cuts by the director. Artists and practices featured on our DVD include folk brothers Los Hermanos Azpilcueta, the Afro-Peruvian traditions of Zaña, ayahuasca ceremonies from deep within the Amazon, experimental Lima duo Jardin, the Corpus Christi religious parades, as well as music by Consuelo Jeri, Pauchi Sasaki and Manuelcha Prado, a living legend of Peruvian music who you can see below in a clip featured on our DVD:

GRACIAS

We were able to publish Sounds and Colours Peru thanks to the amazing contributors who bought a copy of the publication in advance. You can see our fundraising campaign here. Here are those great people:

Adam Bradley • Adrian Leach • Alciara Young • Alejandro Aleman • Alex Wilson • Amaya García-Velasco • Ann Golden • Arnaud • Carl Meier • Christine Lofgren • Christine Moreno • Christine Slater • Craig Stevenson • Daniel Gómez • Dave Broom • David Macfarlane • David O’Brien • Diego Hernandez • Eugene Roscoe • Friso Wiersum • Grace Remington • Helge Niska • Jakub Knera • Jim Hyden • Johannes Roskamm • Jonathan C. Forte • Juan Carlos Azpilcueta • Julia Berkowitz • Juliano Zappia • Kosmas Chatzimichalis • Kristin Pouw • Liam Hardy • Luis López Coira • Manuel Vigo
Marc Fournier • María Eugenia Echeverría • Mariano Robles • Matt Burnett • Matt Slater • Matthias Koch • Milo Steelefox • Monica Iglesias • Moses Iten • Natalia Sanhueza Vega • Neil Forgham • Nicolas Grunholzer • Pablo Navarrete • Paul Herbert • Paul Pasco • Peter Goldschmidt • Philipp Bühler • Robert Bresnan • Rocio Flórez • Roland D’Hertoge • Sara Guabello • Sean Leigh • Sean Lovell • Slawomir Olszewski • Sophie Johnson • Tammie Evans • Tenille Moore • Thomas Glenn • Will Jeffreys • Will Lahti