17 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

"Kimba fa" is an African saying popular in Eva Ayllón’s native Peru, translating roughly as "joyous energy." It’s the perfect moniker for the 22nd album by the fiery Peruvian legend (and first new collection of new music in five years), a musically diverse reflection of the soulful Afro-Latin fusion and Creole roots the singer has pursued with a passion since the ‘70s. But while the music here spans a full century of eclectic homeland influences — centered on the festejo and lando traditions that have found her acclaimed as "Peru’s Tina Turner" — there’s nothing revivalist about Ayllón’s muse; the performances here span nostalgic, Lima-rooted folk ballad vals like "Huye de Mi" and "Nada Soy" to the brash, hip hop-suffused contemporary pop of "Akundun," where the sultry chanteuse even lays down a fevered, staccato rhyme.

EDITORS’ NOTES

"Kimba fa" is an African saying popular in Eva Ayllón’s native Peru, translating roughly as "joyous energy." It’s the perfect moniker for the 22nd album by the fiery Peruvian legend (and first new collection of new music in five years), a musically diverse reflection of the soulful Afro-Latin fusion and Creole roots the singer has pursued with a passion since the ‘70s. But while the music here spans a full century of eclectic homeland influences — centered on the festejo and lando traditions that have found her acclaimed as "Peru’s Tina Turner" — there’s nothing revivalist about Ayllón’s muse; the performances here span nostalgic, Lima-rooted folk ballad vals like "Huye de Mi" and "Nada Soy" to the brash, hip hop-suffused contemporary pop of "Akundun," where the sultry chanteuse even lays down a fevered, staccato rhyme.

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4:06
3:47
5:32
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4:46
6:50
3:20
3:39
4:35
2:06
2:04
1:56
3:37
3:53
5:55
6:26

About Eva Ayllón

Mostly influenced by her grandmother at a very young age, Eva Ayllón (born María Angélica Ayllón Urbina) joined different children-oriented Afro-Peruvian ensembles in the early '70s. After making a record called Los Kipus y Eva, featuring the hit single "Que Somos Amantes," Eva Ayllón decided to pursue a solo career. She debuted in 1978 with the release of Esta Noche. Named the Queen of Landó, in reference to a local folk style, her music started attracting international attention while touring worldwide in the mid-'90s. ~ Drago Bonacich

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