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Discover What Transpires When Afro-Peruvian Roots Music Meets Leading Edge World Fusion @ Johhny D’s with Superstars Novalima: July 10th, Sunday @ 9:00 p.m.

Novalima is currently one of the world’s hottest world fusion ensembles and they are coming to Boston next month!!! Their unique brand of world fusion consists of an artful and innovative blending of a number of genres including traditional Afro-Peruvian folk (a fusion of sorts in of itself), Afro-beat, dub, hip-hop, electronica, reggae, Latin, and funk. They will be performing at Johnny D’s so space will be somewhat limited. That being said, buy your tickets early for this one! Herein lies a great yet rare opportunity to experience internationally acclaimed world musicians in a more intimate setting. The band’s albums have earned both platinum and gold rankings in their homeland of Peru and their success has continued to skyrocket on the international world music scene as well. They have during their career so far already enjoyed the number one spot on the US College Music Journal, Latin Alternative, and New World Radio charts. In 2006 they received the IMAC’s (Independent Music Awards) top honors for best world fusion album and their latest release Coba, Coba (2009) earned them a Latin Grammy nomination.

It’s hard to imagine, but Novalima got its start through the collaborative efforts of four Peruvian musicians/Djs who were actually living in four diverse areas of the globe at the time, namely Lima, London, Barcelona, and Hong-Kong! Friends from the time they were youths, Ramon Perez Prieto, Grimaldo Del Solar, Rafael Morales, and Carlos Li Carillo, managed to successfully communicate their artistic ideas to each other at a distance, resulting in the formation of a world fusion ensemble that eventually brought them international acclaim. They attribute much of their popularity to the successful incorporation of both their experiences as musicians as well as Djs (a definite added plus) into their overall musical style and the addition of guest artists from all over the world as a part of their act, some of whom have ultimately become permanent band members. With the addition of band mates Jaun Medrano-Cotito, Mangue Vasquez, Milagros Guerrero, Marcos Mosquerra, and Constantino Alvarez, the group has more than doubled in size. Instrumentation includes both Western and ethnic attributes. 

Unfortunately, as a result of the suffering of decades of social injustices, such as enslavement, persecution, and discrimination, the Afro-Peruvian people are witnessing a steady demise of their most precious native ways of  life. In recognition of this, Novalima remains steadfast in their cultural mission to sustain the ethnic livelihood of the this community, not only within Peru, but on a global scale as well. In fact, they have been so successful at this, that they have taken Peruvian audiences by storm with leading-edge music that appeals to a broad spectrum of listeners, young and old, fans of both traditional folk and contemporary popular music, as well as Afro-Peruvians and non-Afro-Peruvians alike! As the best of musical ambassadors of goodwill, they have managed to close much of the long-exisiting cultural gap between the Afro-Peruvian community and the rest of their fellow Peruvian citizens, as so few others have been able to do, with music that speaks with profound emotion to the hardships suffered by a country’s minority, through a genuine yet popular guise of world-wide crowd appeal. In the mood for innovative world fusion? Then come on out to Johnny D’s and see what this intriguing Afro-Peruvian cultural revelation ia all about!









Event Details:

When: July 10th, Sunday @ 9:00 p.m.

Where: Johnny D’s Uptown (Somerville)

Tickets: $15.00 (Online purchase highly recommended – $1.00 fee)

                           Dinner/Appetizer  Menu

More Info: 617-776-2004


June 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm Leave a comment

Inca Son Comes to the Boston Public Library: Don’t Miss This Opportunity to Hear A Beautiful, Rarely Performed Genre of Peruvian Folk Music

Listen to Inca Son.

Native American Peruvians Inca Son began their illustrious performing career in the Boston area as street musicians in Harvard Square and have been a popular favorite of local, national, and international fans for over twenty years. They continue to play in the Square on occasion, and when I am lucky enough to be in the area when one of their outdoor concerts is on, I always stop what I am doing to listen and enjoy. Happily, I own one of their cds as well. This group not only performs the folk music of the Inca tribe from the Andes mountains of Peru, but also additional traditional genres which originate from other parts of Latin America. According to Peru’s president, Alejandro Toledo, these musicians are “the finest Andean group north of Peru”.  

As one of a very few groups who still perform the Andes Incan folk genre, it is Inca Son’s hope that through their music they can continue to bring about a world-wide awareness and appreciation of their native culture. They always perform in authentic traditional costume on exotic folk instruments, most of which are skillfully crafted by those who actually play them. The group’s basic instrumentation consists of the Peruvian pan-pipes, which have been in use for over 2000 years, and the 10-stringed  Charango guitar fashioned from an actual armadillo of all things. No kidding! Combine all of these elements together and what you have is an exquisitely beautiful and exotic soundscape presented against a brilliant backsplash of colorful fabrics and costume adornments. To me, their music is also very peaceful and soothing.

Inca Son has won both the Boston Music Award for Outstanding World Music Act and the Boston Phoenix Readers’ Poll as Best World Music Group. Above and beyond these accomplishments, however, they are currently considered to be among the best world music ensembles in the entire world and have claimed a number international awards to prove it. They have performed at such prestigious venues as Epcot Center, the National Geographic Museum, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and on stage at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Visit their web site for more info, performance reviews, photographs, and to order cds.  

If you do attend this special performance at the BPL, I promise you that you will not only be highly inspired by the beautiful music of Inca Son but  you will also walk away with a very valuable cultural education as well.

Concert Details:


Where: Boston Public Library @ Copley Square

Venue: Rabb Lecture Hall (Ground floor of the Johnson Building)

When: Thursday, May 13th (2:00-4:00 p.m.)              

Admission: Free to all

For additional info. contact: 617-536-5400 / x2339

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