In Quechua, the Indian language, « Ruphay » means ray of sunlight.
Since 1968 Rupay has perpetuated with all the energy of its musicians this musical art which praises the profound heritage, values and identity of the Aymara and Quechua Indians.
Since October 1968, when the poet and composer MARIO P. GUTIERREZ formed the RUPAY group they have been transmitting their precious heritage, that is the music from the Andes High plateau. Indeed, to this very day, following ancient customs this music remains an integral part of the community unit, its rites, seasonal festivities and all events punctuating the everyday life of the Andean civilization.
Ruphay will go on travelling in Europe and Bolivia to mark this important anniversary and to promote the cultural strength of Andean people.
Ruphay also continue to honour the memory of the group founder MARIO P. GUTIERREZ who was the bastion for the defence of the Indigenious. His work is continued by Rupay constitutes not only a precious cultural heritage, but also a moving message of encouragement for the respect of Nature and Human values which is passed on to the new generations.