Peru Negro

Decades: 2000s


Formed at the end of the 60s by Ronaldo Campos de la Colina, this Peruvian group’s original dozen members were all from the same family. Their intention was to preserve the extensive yet little known musical heritage brought to Peru from Africa during the era of slavery. The group’s intention was to spotlight those cultural strengths overlooked by the outside world, which had long ago accepted the music that had originated amidst slavery in the USA. Perú Negro uses home made percussion instruments, similar to those adopted by slaves, adding voice and guitars to this rhythmic core. As the group gained in popularity other members were recruited from outside the family, more than doubling its size. In addition to performing, Perú Negro runs a music school and has also formed a junior group, Perú Negrito. Based in the capital, Lima, the group has steadily gained in popularity and recognition around the world. This led to the government...

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