Esther Suarez - La Bolognesina

by Esther Suarez

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Joe Chapman A beautiful album. If I'm being honest, I would struggle to tell most of these songs apart, but it's such a lovely sound that I'll happily listen to the whole thing end to end even though it's essentially the same thing twelve times. Favorite track: Agua Del Olvido.
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Charlie Moonbeam Utterly entrancing Peruvian folk music. Makes my cells vibrate.
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5318008 First time I listened to this album in its entirety I shed a few tears. It reminded me of home, or a journey to home, or to a new home. There's something so beautifully melancholic about every song. It feels like a better day is on its way.
Favorite track - Recuerdos De Ayer Favorite track: Recuerdos Del Ayer.
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Rio Grande 03:05
Sed De Amor 03:14
Despedida 02:59


Esther Suarez, also known as La Ocrasina De Oro, is a popular Peruvian Huayno singer. La Bolognesina is one of her earlier albums, featuring reverbed vocals over Andean harps supplemented with light percussion and handclaps.  The album was recorded in 1981, with the title referring to her roots near the snow-capped Andean mountains of the Bolognesi province in the Ancash region of Peru. Peru experienced waves of mass rural-to-urban migration in the latter half of the twentieth century due to poverty and political instability, but with it also came an explosion in the popularity of the folkloric Huayno tradition.  An urban and modernized studio version of ancient indigenous Quechua folk traditions, Huayno became the soundtrack to the migrant’s experience of both hardship and homesickness. Esther Suarez’s clear and yearning vocals soar over galloping huayno rhythms, evoking the highlands of her youth with heartbreak, regret and melancholy, while simultaneously looking to a place where there is always a will to live and an invitation to dance. Truly some of the most beautiful music ever.


released August 25, 2017


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