Songs You May Have Missed #725

Viento de los Andes: “Taquirari De Jaina” (1994)

Led by Jose Arcieniegas, Viento de los Andes are a group of musicians from Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile and, uh, Canada who play music of the Andes region of South America using traditional instruments.

This is the kind of stuff you sprinkle like huacatay on your shuffle playlist for a little international flavor, rather, perhaps, than consume in 40-minute, full album servings.

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Songs You May Have Missed #394


Viento de los Andes: “Zorritos” (1999)

Viento de los Andes is effectively Jose Arciniegas, who plays indigenous music of Ecuador and the Andes regions (as well as original compositions) on bamboo flutes and harrangos, a small guitar-like instrument.

As his website puts it:

Jose began to play music at the age of ten. He sang played quitar, quena and sampona and serenaded the girls outside their windows with love songs.

In America most girls would rather be serenaded by a Chris Brown song, but it’s their loss.

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