Peru Negro was formed in 1969 in El Carmen, Peru, by Ronaldo Campos de la Colina as a means of preserving and developing Afro-Peruvian music.

Peru Negro was formed in 1969 in El Carmen, Peru, by Ronaldo Campos de la Colina as a means of preserving and developing Afro-Peruvian music. Nowadays, one can find Peru Negro performing weekly at the club Manos Morenos in Lima. The move to the capital city has not altered the essential Afro-Peruvian soul of the act's music. In fact, one of the album's best moments is a wonderful version of "Toro Mata" ("The Bull Kills"), one of the most popular songs in Peru. The Peru Negro sound is built on various percussive instruments, which are augmented by acoustic guitar and bass—as well as the bracing vocals of Monica Dueñas and Eilna del Rio. While listeners will find some common ground between the mood and tempo of these Peru Negro tunes and the mellower grooves of the classic Brazilian samba schools, there is a distinctly Peruvian flavor to this material, highlighted by "Samba Malató," "Trabaja Trabaja," "Cocofrito," and the title track. Contact 212-757-1616.—PVV

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