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The third volume of Buh's ace “Perspectives on Afro-Peruvian Music” series features a set of traditional rhythms performed on box drum, congas, bongo, quijada and batá, from the sons of Afro-Peruvian icon Don Amador Ballumbrosio.
Violinist and dancer Don Amador Ballumbrosio was a Peruvian legend who brought up his large family in El Carmen to develop a passion and deep understanding for traditional Afro-Peruvian rhythms. Now his sons carry on his legacy, performing expressive updates of recognizable festival favorites as Los Hermanos Ballumbrosio. The album follows releases from ‘Chocolate’ Algendones and Juan Medrano Cotito in Buh's ongoing “Perspectives on Afro-Peruvian Music” and is again produced by percussionist Manongo Mujica, who's able to capture the essence and character of the music accurately.
Anyone who's dug into Buh's deep and rewarding catalog will probably have an idea of at least the essence of this music, but there's little to prepare you for Chebo, Miguel, Roberto, Camilo and Pudy Ballumbrosio's sheer virtuosity. The majority of the music is based around their percussion, that twists around itself into recognizable Afro-Latin shapes that sketch Peruvian standards and even hint at their Brazilian relatives. A chorus of vocals, and occasionally violin completes the picture, and we lurch from stomping folk sounds ('Hatajo de Negritos (Serrana Vieja - Panalivio)') to resonant, complex conga-led bumps ('Negrito') without missing a beat.
Exploratory, historical and emotionally touching material from Buh yet again. Recommended.