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Roberto Marquez - Voz, guitarra, charango, zampona, direccion musical y arreglos
Andres Marquez - Voz, guitarra, tiple
Eric Maluenda - Voz, bombo, bongo, congas, cajon peruano, zamponas, percusion.
Carlos Elgueta - Voz, Bajo electrico
Juan Flores - Voz, charango, quena, saxo, zamponas,
Antonio Morales - Quena, quenacho, zamponas



Illapu Para - Seguir Viviendo



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"Para Seguir Viviendo"
1. Que Va A Ser De Ti
2. Arauco De Pie
3. Arrurru La Faena
4. Sereno
5. Ganaremos La Alegria
6. Diablada Tradicional
7. Para Seguir Viviendo
8. Sipassy
9. Paloma Vuela De Nuevo
10. Condorcanqui
11. Cuarto Reino, Cuarto Reich
12. Se Estan Quedando Solos



Illapu Y es nuestra

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"Y es nuestra"
1. Cancion de Octubre
2. Cancion de Octubre
3. Sereno
4. Cancion de Octubre
5. Vizcachas
6. Paisaje en Huayno
7. Paisaje en Huayno
8. Divagaciones
9. Wilancha
10. Aire de Nostalgia
11 - Incursion
12 - Agonia de Carnaval
13 - Cancion de Octubre
14 - Charangueada
15 - Final



Illapu Coleccion Platino

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"Coleccion Platino"
1. Candome para Jose
2. Baguala India
3. Atacamenos
4. A mis paisanos
5. Tristeza incaica
6. Amigo
7. Paisaje en huayno
8. Lican Antai
9. Longuita otavalena
10. El cascabel



Illapu El canto de Illapu

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"El canto de Illapu"
1. Condorcanqui
2. Aunque los pasos toquen
3. Paloma ausente
4. Toro mata
5. Canto de antiguos
6. Anita Manuela Mil Manos
7. Labradores
8. Lo mio se va perdiendo
9. Carnaval de Chiapa
10. Juana Azurduy



Illapu Vivir es Mucho Mas

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"Vivir es Mucho Mas"
1. Vivir es Mucho Mas
2. Voces Nuevas
3. Suenos en Silencio
4. Que Manera
5. Comparsa en Negro y Blanco
6. Corazon Traidor
7. Para Quererte
8. Caracola Madre Tierra
9. Montilla
10. Canto de Carnaval




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1. Ojos de nino
2. Dame tu vida
3. Amiga no te mueras
4. Asi te canto
5. Solo suena
6. Hermana de las gaviotas
7. Plegaria a un labrador
8. Declarese responsable
9. Juegan a ser reinas
10. Cancion del nuevo amanecer



Illapu Musica Andina

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"Musica Andina"
1. Cancion y huayno
2. Carnaval
3. Tarqueadas
4. Manos obreras
5. Poutpourri en quena
6. Acuarela andina
7. Estudio para charango
8. Flor del desierto
9. Milonga para nuestros tiempos
10. Pajaro campana



Illapu Lo Mejor De Illapu

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"Lo Mejor De Illapu"
1. Los Mapuches
2. Candombe Para Jose
3. Sipassy
4. Queridos Amigos
5. La Candelaria
6. Diana
7. Tristeza Incaica
8. Despedida Del Pueblo
9. Amigo
10. Raza Brava
11. Amalia Rosa
12. Cacharpaya Del Carnaval
13. Paloma Ausente
14. Cantos Ceremoniales
15. El Cascabel
16. Cancion Y Huayno
17. Carnaval
18. Pajaro Campana
19. Acuarela Andina
20. Flor Del Desierto
21. Poutpourri En Quena



Illapu En Estos Dias

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"En Estos Dias"
1. Lejos del amor
2. Del pozo de mis suenos
3. No te salves
4. Cariquima
5. Palabras de nuestro tiempo
6. Volaras
7. Bailando en Isluga
8. Un poco de mi vida
9. Waylas de Cala Cala
10. Me habita la confianza



Illapu Momentos Vividos

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"Momentos Vividos"
1. Mande Mandela
2. Lejos del amor
3. Sincero positivo
4. Del pozo de mis suenos
5. No te salves
6. Aunque los pasos toquen
7. Un poco de mi vida
8. Hagamos un pacto
9. Zamba de Lozano
10. Vuelvo para vivir
11. Morena esperanza
12. Si queremos



Illapu Morena Esperanza


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"Morena Esperanza"
1. Bio-Bio Sueno Azul
2. Morena Esperanza
3. Dos Sobreviviendo
4. Tu Propia Primavera
5. Encuentro Con La Vida
6. Mama Aida
7. Isla Negra
8. El Loco Del Puerto
9. Por Si Algun Dia
10. Cana y Tambor
11. Cantor De La Calle



Illapu Despedida

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"Despedida del pueblo"
1. Los mapuches
2. Candombe para Jose
3. Sipassy
4. Queridos Amigos
5. Socoromena
6. La Candelaria
7. Diana
8. A mis paisanos
9. Tristeza incaica
10. Baguala india
11. Longuita otavalena
12. Despedida del Pueblo


Illapu De Libertad

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"De Libertad"
1. De Libertad y Amor
2. Poblacion Victoria
3. Puerto Rico Puerto Pobre
4. Pampa lirima
5. Golpe tocuyano
6. Cancion de Octubre
7. Copla de Morenada
8. No pronuncies mi nombre
9. Maria paleta
10. Un dia borrare esta pagina


Illapu Raza Brava

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"Raza Brava"
1. Amigo
2. Zamba de Lozano
3. Raza Brava
4. Agonia de Carnaval
5. Amalia Rosa
6. Paisaje de la Puna
7. Atacamenos
8. El Cascabel
9. Chango Pastor
10. Paloma Ausente
11. Cantos Ceremoniales
12. Cacharpaya de Carnaval



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"Shaman Dances"
1. Condorcanqui
2. Tristeza Incaica
3. Pampa Lirima
4. Paisaje En Huayno
5. Sipassy
6. Baila Caporal
7. Isla Negras
8. Paisaje De La Puna
9. Chilhuanos
10. La Mentirosa
11. Raza Brava
12. Wailas De Cala Cala
13. Poblacion La Victoria
14. Labradores
15. Atacamenos




The Chilean Emissaries

Adrian Pertout speaks with Illapu's musical director Roberto Marquez Bugueno from Santiago, Chile about their music, their life in exile, and their upcoming tour of Australia.

Illapu were formed twenty-six years ago in Antofagasta, Northern Chile, and today are one of the country's most celebrated popular groups, with a discography of fifteen albums that has so far yielded seventeen platinum awards. Illapu, which incidentally means 'lightning bolt' in the indigenous Inca language of Quechua, have enchanted audiences all over the world with their animated blend of traditional Andean folk and contemporary popular music. The universality of their music has led them to tour over forty countries in five continents, with memorable performances in such world renowned venues as L'Olympia in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, Teatro de la Ciudad in Mexico City, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Royal Albert Hall in London and the Concert Hall in Melbourne. Illapu have also made their presence felt at international music festivals, like that of Helsinki in Finland, Perth in Australia, Nyon in Switzerland, Lieder Sommer in Germany, Le Puy in France, Acapulco in Mexico and Cosquin in Argentina. Their music features the rich vocalizations of its six multi-instrumentalists, with the accompaniment provided by a vast array of instruments that include the Spanish guitar, charango, Venezuelan cuatro, Colombian tiple, bandurria, 12-string guitar, electric bass guitar, zampona, quena, quenacho, moxeno, pinquillo, sicura, rondador, ocarina, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, trutruca, bombo, Peruvian cajon, bongo, tumbadora, cencerro, huiro, pandero, claves, matraca, cascabeles, chachas, trompe, caja, tom and electronic drums. In April the group returns once again to the 'Great Southern Land', and in conclusion this visit will no doubt be appraised as Illapu's fourth successful Australian tour.

Tell me about the birth of Illapu. What was the main inspirational force behind its foundation?

RMB: "Illapu, which in Quechua means 'lightning bolt', was formed in 1971, dedicating ourselves firstly to the salvaging and compilation of Andean folklore, and starting from that base, to the creation itself."

How would you describe the blend of traditional and contemporary music that you perform? What is the origin of the rhythms and the instruments used?

RMB: "We utilize instruments of Latin-American origin, like the Venezuelan cuatro, the Peruvian cajon, the quena, the zampona, as well as the electro-acoustic guitar, the flute and the saxophone."

Your Latin American audiences respond overwhelmingly to the message contained in your lyrics. Do they have a cultural significance or are they inspired by universal themes?

RMB: "The lyrics in our songs are based on the conflicts and the problems of mankind, especially those of Latin America and the Third World, which remain unresolved. For example, we touch on the theme of the shelved youth, the abuses of the free market, among many."

In 1981 the military regime of Chile censured Illapu, forcing the group into exile. What led the government to adopt their hostile views?

RMB: "The truth is that we were exiled not only because of our musical activities, but for the link to the 'Vicarage of Solidarity', with the great number of the unemployed, with the soup kitchens for children. In that period many activities of solidarity took place, we were a summoning element, a lot of people used to get together under the umbrella of our music. Even though at that time it was difficult to say things openly, the people were aware of the message and it was possible to establish a good communication."

How did this period of exile in Paris and Mexico City effect the psyche of the group?

RMB: "It was very hard for us to be expelled from our own country, but we always maintained contact links with Latin America. From our exile in France, where we lived almost inside a bubble, we went to Mexico, an audience closer to us. But the exile was very demanding, in the way in which it made us grow professionally."

After the collapse of the military regime in 1988, Illapu returned to settle in Chile. How would you describe the performances to crowds of over 100,000 people that followed?

RMB: "The re-encounter with a great number of important people, allowed to fully penetrate the country, besides it made us feel that people still followed us."

In the last twenty-six years Illapu has toured over forty countries on five continents, gaining an international following. What do you regard today as the main factor contributing to the immense global appeal of the group?

RMB: "The fact that we utilize elements from Latin-American cultures, the richness of the rhythms, of instruments and themes, in addition to the fusion of our music with the popular, the classical, the jazz, are the factors that create a following in a great part of the world."

Tell me about Chile and Latin America in general. What is the music scene like there?

RMB: "After the cultural blackout imposed by the dictatorship of Pinochet, a rebirth came and new groups surfaced who readopted the spirit of the 'New Chilean Song', linking one era with an other."

There are three double passes being given away to an Illapu concert of your choice, for the first three correct answers to the questions: What continent is Chile located in? What is the capital city of Chile? What is the official language of Chile? Send your entry in to C/- The Editor, Mixdown Monthly, 3-5 Jessie Street, Richmond, Victoria 3121, Australia.

Illapu will perform in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Canberra and Sydney in April 1997. For further information contact Latin Oz Entertainment Pty Ltd, 31 Duke Street, Avondale Heights, Victoria 3034. Tel: (61 3) 9317 7421, (61 412) 099 372, (61 7) 3876 6697. I would like to thank Alexander and Cecilia Pertout for their assistance in the bilingual translations.


'Mixdown' Monthly ~ Issue #35, March 5, 1997


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