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Esther Suarez - La Bolognesina

by Esther Suarez

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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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Sven B. Schreiber (sbs) I don't know why, but I never can't get enough of this Peruvian "huayno" folk music. Granted, it's pentatonic, without many degrees of freedom in key and rhythm, but it transports a great sincere feeling throughout. I just love the somewhat extensive reverb applied to the vocals! This is plain wonderful "people's folk" music. Favorite track: Sed De Amor.
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André Me encanta cómo se trabajo el sonido de este disco, lleno de reverb y con mucho brillo en los agudos. Es el huayno que ya no se hace. Todo el trasfondo social, material y tecnológico es muy emocionante. De varias formas es una ventana a la historia peruana de la segunda mitad del siglo XX. Favorite track: Sed De Amor.
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Chris K just plain awesome.
Love the almost asian high pitched voice over harp and the echoes on the recordings (I'm sure there is a proper technical term for that). I'm quite sure this is not for the usual latin music aficionado but then that suites me just fine too.
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mmn Hitting "Play" on any of these tracks is like eating glorious food when you are hungry and drinking something wonderfully refreshing when you are thirsty.
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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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