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ALFREDITO LINARES “Salsa De Verdad” LP, PERÙ SALSA (download LP)

Posted in Alfredo Linares Music, LP downloads, Peru Music Icon, salsa icon on August 28, 2011 by Listen Recovery

“Un genio de la música caribeña. Como integrante de su primera Sonora puedo decir que es un músico completo. En el nivel de los grandes, como Palmieri o Harlow”.      Pablo Villanueva ‘Melcochita’ , actor y sonero

CAITRO SOTO DE LA COLINA, De Cajòn Lp (download), photo by Lorry Salcedo Mitrani

Posted in Caitro Soto, Peru Music Icon, Peru Negro on March 9, 2011 by Listen Recovery

Caitro Soto photo by Lorry Salcedo Mitrani

DE CAJON by CAITRO SOTO (download LP) < link

Pedro Carlos Soto de la Colina, popularly known as Caitro Soto (born in San Luis, Cañete Province, Peru, October 23, 1934 – Lima, July 19, 2004) was an Afro-Peruvian musician and composer. He was known for his version of the Peruvian folk song, “Toro Mata” and as part of the Afro-Peruvian artist’s collective Peru Negro.

Flamenco fans may have seen legendary guitarist Paco de Lucia with a cajon player in his ensemble. When Paco de Lucia visited Peru nearly 20 years ago, the Spanish ambassador threw a party. Among those present was Caitro Soto, one of Peru’s top percussionists. Soto gave de Lucia a cajon as a present. He also gave the guitarist basic tips on the instrument, which has now become a standard part de Lucia’s flamenco ensemble. Ironically, today, many people think that the instrument is Spanish. It is 100% Peruvian.

Ronaldo Campos De la Colina, Nicomedes Santa Cruz, Caitro Soto De la Colina (playin’ the Mule’s Jaw)

Garcia Bernal & Caitro Soto, film “Motocicly Diaries”

CAITRO SOTO, Toro Mata (writer/composer/performer) Afroperuvian Legend.

Posted in Caitro Soto, Peru Music Icon, Peru Negro, photography, video archives on February 13, 2011 by Listen Recovery

Pedro Carlos Soto de la Colina, popularly known as Caitro Soto (born in San Luis, Cañete Province, Peru, October 23, 1934 – Lima, July 19, 2004) was an Afro-Peruvian musician and composer. He was known for his version of the Peruvian folk song, “Toro Mata” and as part of the Afro-Peruvian artist’s collective Peru Negro.
Soto appeared in The Motorcycle Diaries as “Papá Carlito”, a resident of the leper colony at San Pablo, Peru. There is a Caitro Soto CD entitled “De Cajon.”

Ranil & Los Wemblers de Iquitos play La Danza del Petrolero (videos by Barbes Records)

Posted in Chicha Music, Peru Music Icon, video archives on February 13, 2011 by Listen Recovery

NICOMEDES SANTA CRUZ, Afroperuvian Legend. “Marinera, Festejo Y Lando” (Videos)

Posted in Afro Sounds, Nicomedes Santa Cruz, Peru Music Icon, Peru Negro, Peru Treasures, video archives on February 13, 2011 by Listen Recovery

OSCAR AVILES Y SIGUEN FESTAJANDO JUNSTOS (w/Arturo Cavero & Lucila Campos) LP download

Posted in Arturo Zambo Cavero, Campos Family, LP downloads, Oscar Aviles, Peru Music Icon on January 16, 2011 by Listen Recovery

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OSCAR AVILES “The First Guitar of PERU” (bio)

Posted in Oscar Aviles, Peru Music Icon on January 16, 2011 by Listen Recovery

Oscar Aviles, Poster/Desktop saver  ^(click on photo)

Oscar Avilés Arcos (Callao , Peru , March 24 of 1924 ) Celebrated guitarist pioneer, composer, arranger and singer. Receiving from his fans the epithet of Peru’s first guitar.

He was born in El Callao in Zepita Street No. 653, Block is currently bears his name. He is the son of the union of his parents Don José Avilés Cáceres and Arcos Dona Angelina who was from Chile.  He had 5 brothers: Alberto, Carlos, Olga, Oscar Enrique and Irma.

His love of folk music began listening to his father who played and sang gatherings Peruvian music with friends.  It was his maternal grandmother Dona Carmela Alian, who taught him his first chords on the guitar.  At the beginning her father did not want to be a musician taking his guitar even to hide in a closet.  But then, pressed by his friends who saw his talent, he accepted that Oscar is devoted to the guitar.

Primary study in the Salesian College in Breña.  He concluded his secondary education in his beloved Callao, Education Center Francisco Bolognesi between 1936 and 1937 and the Modern School between 1938 and 1940.  Extended parallel guitar lessons at the National Conservatory of Music with the master Juan Brito between 1936 and 1938, then continued studies with the teacher Purizaga Isidoro.

Married to Lucy Valverde de Aviles with whom she has 2 sons: Oscar Jr. and Lucita.  She has 3 children over a previous commitment: Pepe, Ramon y Gustavo.  It is Catholic and supporter of Atletico Chalaco.


He began his musical career in 1939 at the age of fifteen, as drawer of the duo of brothers “The Limeñita and Ascoy.”  In 1942, with the string group Núñez, Arteaga & Avilés wins the radio contest hosted by journalist Roberto Nieves “La Noche”, following which he began to call “The First Guitar of Peru.”

Formed the trio The Morochucos, between 1947 and 1952 together with Alejandro Cortez and its founder Augusto Ego Aguirre , who returned after a recess to meet between 1962 and 1972.  Also in 1952 founded the first school of Creole-style guitar, which kept its doors open until 1967.

Formed and led the Creole Fiesta Set in its first phase, between 1957 and 1959 along with Humberto Cervantes, Panchito Jiménez and Aristides Ramirez. With both groups recorded numerous LPs that had great commercial success.  Accompanied with his guitar to the singer Chabuca Granda in various touring between 1955 and 1970, recording several memorable albums, including “Talking.”

Records in Brazil’s celebrated collection “Valses Peruanos Eternals” in two volumes accompanied by the Orchestra of Augusto Valderrama .

Porfirio Vásquez, famous representative of black music in Peru, in 1963 described him saying, sang a binge, San Pedro said, who is? And the eternal Father replied: That’s Oscar Avilés.

During the decade of 1970 trio with Arturo “Zambo” Cavero , and Augusto Polo Campos, recorded with many front-line Creole artists, including Jesus Vasquez, Eloisa Angulo , Panchito Jiménez, Zañartu Brothers, The Brothers Garcia, Cecilia Bracamonte, Zoila Zevallos, Peru’s Aces, The Brothers Catter, Nicomedes Santa Cruz.

He has also recorded with the Peruvian tenor Luis Alva, accompany the verses of the actor Luis Alvarez and Spanish Gabriela Ortega and international folk artists as well as in the case of Olga Guillot, Leo Marini and Xiomara Alfaro, among others.

As an arranger , composer , performer and promoter of folk music has earned several awards, and numerous gold records for his phonograph sales achieved.

In 1987 after negotiations by the then President of the Republic, Alan Garcia, the Organization of American States honored Oscar Avilés with Jesus Vasquez , Arturo “Zambo” Cavero , Abanto Luis Morales and Augusto Polo Campos with the title of Artistic Heritage America.

Also in 1987 the Ministry of Education awarded the “Palmas Magisterial.”
The Municipality of Callao in 1995 decided to give the name of Oscar Avilés Arcos to the stable where he was born and placed a plaque outside the house where he was born and raised.

The Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos gave in the year 2000 the distinction of Doctor Honoris Causa, the highest academic degree granted by this university, after its renowned musical.

In 2005 the mayor of Lima Luis Castañeda Lossio in honor of his career he was awarded the Medal “Lima.”

ANDRES SOTO (Peruvian Folk composer & guitarist) Bio.

Posted in Andres Soto, Peru Music Icon, Peru Negro on January 7, 2011 by Listen Recovery

Andrés Soto Mena, born on April 29, 1949 in Lima, Peru. He attended school at the National College of Our Lady of Guadalupe and finished college in 1972 as a BA in Social Sciences, specializing in Sociology at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. In 1975 he studied at the National School of Music (Conservatory) with teachers Celso Garrido Lecca, Enrique Iturriaga, Nelly Suarez, among others.

Black ballads, urban issues and juglería trova songs, show creative veins of Andres representing a different way of expressing the feelings of the city and its surroundings. More intense emotions evoked by local customs reasons, romantic and existential testimony, all this is his base and predicament.

In 1968, he founded the vocal quartet “Manos Duras” in conjunction with Paco Guzmán, Daniel (Kiri) Escobar and Hugo Castillo. Years later, in the seventies, his songs run through areas student art work and up to the radio and television programs devoted exclusively to the social and popular song. Granda Chabuca called it one of the most important songwriters in the Spanish-speaking and Mario Vargas Llosa gives the best compliments on their work of rescue and distribution of Peru’s urban feeling deep in his television tuned to “The Tower of Babel.”

His songs have been committed to record: in Switzerland by The Jairas, in Argentina by Julia Elena Davalos, Mexico by Tania Libertad and Richard Villalón, in Italy by Marcela Perez Silva and the United States by Susana Baca. In Peru, Eva Ayllón do the same, Cecilia Barraza, the New Time group and Julie Freund. Currently interpret their creations: Cecilia Bracamonte, Patricia Saravia and as a promise latest Pamela Abanto. In February 1981, ODEON IEMPSA released his first and only length entitled Andrés Soto, dedicated to El Carmen, a town located south of Lima, the Chincha province, formerly inhabited by black slaves.

Andrés Soto has traveled to countries in Latin America, North America and Europe. In 1981 she participated along with Chabuca Granda on the television program “Chile invites you” by the Catholic University of Santiago where he was joined by the First Symphony of Chile and Peru by Alvaro Lagos prominent musicians on guitar and Chaitra Soto de la Colina in the drawer. The next year in Spain, gave two recitals in the auditorium of the Colegio Mayor “Our Lady of Guadalupe” under the sponsorship of ICI Iberoamerican Cooperation Institute and the Embassy of Peru in Madrid. The presentation and was greeting by none other than Nicomedes Santa Cruz. So too, has made known his work as composer in various artistic and cultural circles in Brussels, Belgium, Berlin, Germany, Sofia, Bulgaria, Moscow, Russia and the republic of Georgia today. Also, in the cities of New York-USA, Dorval and Montreal-Canada and the Republic of Argentina. For France has recorded a documentary that illustrates his work as composer with about a hundred songs and another of poetry edition that has been broadcast on all French-speaking countries and Germany.

In 1999, he won the Second National Festival of Popular Song “Chabuca Granda, with the theme” champion “as author and composer. For the event the song also earned first place in vocal performance by Elsa Palao.

In 2001 workers hired by the National School of Folklore “Jose ‘Maria Arguedas” as a consultant in research and mainly prints Advisory and choreographic works, from songs of his own to the Joint National Folk Music and Dance School.

In the News Andrés Soto is an active member of the Peruvian Association of Authors and Composers (APDAYC)

ANDRES SOTO writer to CHABUCA GRANDA, Perù (Afro-Peruvian Folklore)

Posted in Peru Music Icon, Peru Negro, video archives on December 29, 2010 by Listen Recovery

ANDRES SOTO LP < download

If you read Spanish, click on the back of the sleeve to enlarge and read the liner notes from Chabuca Granda.

Soon we’ll add Andres Soto’s biography in English. Which is being translated… As you can see we decided to share the LP with you first.

We’ll get some time to chat about him… Andres Soto was a writer of the “Canciòn Simple Criolla”, a distinguish way of singing melodic Waltz from the Coastal region of Perù.  Andres was also the main song writer for Chabuca Granda.

More info coming soon…



Posted in Alfredo Linares Music, download the set, Peru Music Icon, Salsa Icons on December 7, 2010 by Listen Recovery


1. Mambo Rock

2. Tiahuanaco

3 El Pito

4. La Pachanga del Amor

5. Linares Blues

6. Lo que tengo

7. Se formo la fiersta

8. Sujetate la lengua

9. Boogaloo

10. Sabor Tropical

11. Alfredo Linares Y Su Sonora (bonus track/su yapa)