The heritage of the great Aymara and Quechua civilizations is a community art passed down from generation to generation.
Despite the feeling of oppression which one can experience in some of the songs and though some music was forbidden or distorted by the Catholic religion, this musical art has neither lost its richness nor its inner strength. Today, like yesterday: music, songs and dances are intimately part of the reality of the life in the Altiplano.
The instruments needed to play this traditional music are mainly wind and percussion. Most flutes are made of reeds found in regions neighbouring the TITICACA lake, and are well-known for being endowed with a resonant quality. All these instruments invite you and compel you to a full communion.
Later, with the Spanish colonisation the chords arrived and were rapidly assimilated giving birth in particular to the popular CHARANGO: a small instrument with five double chords inspired by the guitar, with a crystal-clear sound. It was initially made from an armadillo shell.
Today, Aymara and Quechua Indians continue to love and respect Andean nature, Mother-Earth PACHAMAMA and living out their culture that develops an intimate consciousness of community values necessary to a human coexistence and their love for music, that conveys this deep feeling of spiritual and community harmony.