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Album Review

Since 1975, Sukay has been at the forefront of reviving and expanding upon the ancient folk music of South America's Andes Mountains. With a limited instrumental base of charango, guitar, bass and various flutes and pan pipes, their music is never lacking in body, and is ever-colorful and rich in dynamics. Cumbre is their award-winning 1990 album and is perhaps Sukay's finest, as all members showcase their extraordinary abilities: Eddy Navia's lightning-fast charango (a ukulele/mandolin relative whose body originated from the shell of an armadillo), Alcides Mejis' array of wind instruments including the zamponas (whose bass variety exudes more authority and stimulates more emotion than perhaps any instrument known to man), and Argentina's celebrated classical guitarist Enrique Coria.

Customer Reviews

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When was the last time you put up your feet after a long day of work, put on your favorite music, and all of the sudden you just wanted to get up and dance??? If you haven't, then Sukay may be the answer. With their song "Desde Lejos" (From far away) to their "Paloma del Alma Mia" (My Dearest Dove) my guess is that you will be transported to a remote place of peace and quiet, and then to a place of cheer and celebration. Perhaps you will be transported to an earthy place with their music, with ancestral sounds that speak to you in ways you haven't heard before. No matter where are you from, I believe Sukay will speak a musical language that you will understand, no matter the time or space. Their language is universal!


Genre: World

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Specializing in Bolivian music of the Andes Mountains, Sukay were founded in the late '70s by Edmond Badoux from Switzerland and his then wife Quentin Howard from the United States, musicologists who studied Andean music in South America before settling in San Francisco. The group underwent a number of personnel changes and in its later incarnation was led by Bolivian composer Eddy Navia, who joined Sukay in 1988. Under the leadership of Navia, the ensemble became characterized by a more contemporary...
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