Nicomedes Santa Cruz: Que viva mi mama

Written by Gabriela Lena Frank


In category: Song of the Day

Published October 19, 2016

Continuing our focus on Afro-Peruvian culture, for my third blog, we turn to the work of folklorist, poet, and musician Nicomedes Santa Cruz (1925-1992). In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the life of this amazing and multi-faceted advocate who did so much to advance recognition of black Peruvians. In this “festejo,” a classical black-Peruvian song meant to accompany lively footwork, we hear one of Nico’s most well-known works:

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A native Californian (born in Berkeley) of mixed Peruvian, Chinese, Lithuanian, and Jewish descent, Gabriela Lena Frank explores her multicultural heritage ardently through her compositions. Her pieces refract her studies of Latin American folklore, incorporating poetry, mythology, and native musical styles into a western classical framework uniquely her own. We are thrilled that Gabriela will curate and host NYFOS Next: Gabriela Lena Frank & Friends at National Sawdust on November 2. Get your tickets today!


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