The Andes range is the world’s highest mountain range outside of the continent of Asia.

Shortened link to video: Los Incas El condor pasa [music]: http://youtu.be/GSwu8-ohoWs

The WikiPedia has quite a few interesting fact about the Andes:

  • Mt. Aconcagua, rises to an elevation of about 6,962 m (22,841 ft) above sea level.
  • The Andes range has many active volcanoes.
  • The climate in the Andes varies greatly depending on location, altitude, and proximity to the sea.
  • The Andes are rich in fauna: With almost 1,000 species, of which roughly 2/3 are endemic to the region.

And Wikipedia also says this of the entire mountain chain:

The Andes can be divided into three sections:
I. The Southern Andes in Argentina and Chile;
II. The Central Andes, including the Chilean and Peruvian cordilleras and parts of Bolivia;
III. The Northern Andes in Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador that consist of two parallel ranges, the Cordillera Occidental and the Cordillera Oriental. In Colombia, south its the border with Ecuador, the Andes split in three parallel ranges, the western, central, and eastern ranges. (The cordillera occidental, central, and oriental).

While the wikipedia has some information about the Andes. The people that live in this region covers several countries. Here is a map that shows the mountains and the countries:



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I think most of us know the history of the Inca civilization and Inca Empire in the central Andes that existed during the 15th century. [source wikipedia]

Some of these people and other tribes from the region still survive today. They have a strong culture and history that is evident in their music and dance.

Kalamarka – Yo Te ame, yo te amare

Shortened link to video: Kalamarka – Yo Te ame, yo te amare [song/music]: http://youtu.be/tWeYhmXOuyY

Panflute music (Viento de los Andes) [music]

Shortened link to video: Panflute music (Viento de los Andes) The sound of the winds going through Andes mountains [music]: http://youtu.be/8-LXmplhUQI

ALBORADA (ZISARY LUCERO)

Shortened link to video: ALBORADA (ZISARY LUCERO) Dawn [song/music]: http://youtu.be/jQFGw-9IX8c

Inkuyo – Azucena Tika [song/music]

Shortened link to video: Inkuyo – Azucena Tika [song/music]: http://youtu.be/MCCklHB4UDA

And now for a break. Where might this music go in today’s world. That’s difficult to say, but here is some examples of possible directions:

Camela – Nada De Ti

Camela are a Spanish band, they financed their own album themselves and mostly sold their music at gas stations. I’m not sure why I included Camela in the South American section, but I will trust that I had a reason. Perhaps there are some fans of Camela in South America since it’s easy to tell that South Americans love their internet [Live Map of Tweets on Globe]: http://bit.ly/hXdGZv

There is another reason I included Camela here, I feel that their music also have a style that sounds very similar to South American traditional music. Not all their music has that sound… perhaps South America has a strong influence on their music and possibly other Spanish music groups–it would not surprise me.

It’s not hard to imagine that the South Americans love music from all over the world. I suppose the fact that I included Camela here reflects that aspect.

Reference used: http://www.discogs.com/artist/Camela

Shortened link to video: Camela – Nada De Ti – Nothing From You [song/music]: http://youtu.be/oaOGbREif3Q

Arawi – Kausachin Coca [song/music]:

The Coca leaf is sacred and has been eaten for a very long time. According to this videos text the coco leaf is very good for the health, and also has a nutritional value.

Shortened link to video: Arawi – Kausachin Coca [song/music]: http://youtu.be/qNcbJj1qCK8

Is there any other artists in the world that might have the Andes sound…Well I’m not a expert and I believe that good music will find a way to develop in Parallel and perhaps this is what happened here–instruments and voice plays role of flutes:

Nelly – Just A Dream

Shortened link to video: Nelly – Just A Dream [song/music]: http://youtu.be/N6O2ncUKvlg

Steps – Deeper Shade Of Blue

Shortened link to video: Steps – Deeper Shade Of Blue [song/music]: http://youtu.be/0RtjfvK7rXw

Of course Andes style music was made for street bands also, here is some examples of busker music 🙂 , you can find out more about Taki Raymi at their website.

The name Taki Raymi comes from the Quechan language (Andes) and means “celebration of music and dance”.

As of 2010, four members form the core of the group: Angelo, Gabriel, Matías, and Heather.

[Source: Taki Raymi website 2010]

Even on a rainy day, Taki Raymi sounds good”

Taki Raymi – El Zambito

Shortened link to video: Taki Raymi – El Zambito [music]: http://youtu.be/AylmTRL_kyw

Taki Raymi – “Baila Caporal”

Shortened link to video: Taki Raymi – “Baila Caporal” [music]: http://youtu.be/9PoxDRcck8I

Taki Raymi – “Valicha” [song/music]

Shortened link to video: Taki Raymi – “Valicha” [song/music]: http://youtu.be/Sm5JWH7fInw

En La Soledad – Taki-Raymi [song/music]

Shortened link to video: En La Soledad – Taki-Raymi [song/music]: http://youtu.be/wtLP-23C700

El condor pasa – Taki-Raymi

Shortened link to video: El condor pasa – Taki-Raymi [music]: http://youtu.be/GnEtRshphxk

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2 Responses to The Andes range is the world’s highest mountain range outside of the continent of Asia.

  1. hi!This was a really quality post!
    I come from itlay, I was luck to come cross your blog in wordpress
    Also I get a lot in your subject really thanks very much i will come every day

    • gharrhome says:

      Glad to hear you liked this subject. I’m considering adding some music from the Andes that went over to Italy into my blog. I’m very interested in this musical connection of the Andes and Italy giving a example.

      Thank you for reminding me of this important fact!

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