What TINKU Is and What TINKU Is Not

Oftentimes, the work of TINKU is categorized by others as "Peruvian music" or referred to as a "Peruvian band". While TINKU does perform some beautiful Peruvian melodies and uses several South American & Latin instruments, TINKU is not a Peruvian band...Peruvian bands are composed of Peruvian musicians who perfom Peruvian music. Instead, TINKU is a "Latin American Folk" band; a musical category which is a branch within the World music genre. In turn, within the Latin American musical genre fall various rhythyms; including some from the county of Peru. 

Oftentimes also, the various instruments used by TINKU are referred to as "Peruvian"; especially when referring to the various flutes. Likewise, while some of these may be from the country of Peru; there are others that are from other parts of South America so we refer to them as South American instruments (commomly referred to as "Panpipes" or "Panflutes"). While TINKU also uses common instruments like the electric bass, hi-hats, chimes etc., these are kept to a minimum. TINKU's focus remains in the use of instruments of Latin origin like the Guitars (of Spanish origin);  the Charangofrom Bolivia; the Cuatro from Venezuela; the Requinto from Mexico. This is true of the Percussions; the Bombo (South American drum), the Peruvian Cajon, the Congas, the Rainstick...

Latin American Folk music has three main influences: Native American (flutes); European(primarily of Spanish origin through the use of guitars) & African (in the use of percussions). TINKUcovers rhythms from at least 12 Latin countries thus performing at least 19 musical rhythms. While this is the core of TINKU's repertoire, TINKU performs Andean, Latin, Folk & World rhythms.

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About Folk Music

World music is also known as Folk music or Roots music.

The term "World Music" refers to traditional music (also called "folk music" or "roots music"). It generally refers to music of any culture that is indigenous in nature; played by indigenous musicians; or played by those that have been closely informed by indigenous musicians. June 21st is "World Music Day". Its origins were first established in France at the Fête de la Musique (World Music Day) to recognize the sale of this type of music.

Folk music is music from a persons' ancestors. Ancestors are family members or people from the same origin who lived many, many years ago.Folk music is a series of musical patterns or rhythms that our ancestors used to play. Folk music is normally taught from one generation to the next. It is, in that sense, inherited music. However, in todays' world, there are many music schools; some that may teach this kind of music. And, there are also people who can teach themselves Folk music. We call these people "self-taught" musicians.

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The Legend of the Quena

Legend says that many years ago there existed a King whose beautiful daughter died at a tender age. To honor his daughter, the King ordered that the Princess' femur bone be extracted and carved into a flute. He named it after his daughter 'Quena'. This way, the King thought, everytime he heard the beautiful sounds of the Quena, he would be reminded of his beautiful daughter.

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The P'urhépecha Tribe

The P'urhépecha is an indigeneous tribe referred to as 'Tarascan'.

The P'urhépechan language is also known as 'Tarascan'. The P'urhépecha's are located in the state of Michoacan in Mexico (Latin America). The P'urhépecha are concentrated in the cities of Uruapan & Patzcuaro...More info coming soon!

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The Meaning of TINKU

In ancient and current times, TINKU represents a prehispanic Andean ritual in which people from certain regions of South America (particularly in Bolivia) meet in a fierce celebration. These often times bloody meetings are generally organized in religious or sacred grounds. The persons are fighting for their ayllu or community. Winning the battle means gaining prestige; acquiring favors from the losing party; and overall rights to land.

TINKU is a word with several meanings. Its variants Tinkuñacama means " to fall or to enter into combat"; while Tinkuy signifies "the coming together of two different groups". TINKU is also a musical rhythms traditional to Bolivia that represents a marching movement. It is this type of music that was utilized when the two parties meet in combat. Currently, there are many "Tinku rituals" throughout South America held at different times of the year. However, due to local law enforcement, the ancient form of the Tinku battle is dying.

So, why "TINKU" for a band name? TINKU was chosen by its Founder & Director, Francisco Astudillo, because of its literary content: a coming together of two different segments of society. With this in mind, TINKU's goal is to project traditions, customs and rhythms of various Latin American countries by incorporating native instruments to introduce Latin, Folk and World music to people in the United States and beyond. Hence, since 1995, TINKU delights audiences with 100% live music from over 12 countries while highlighting over 19 musical rhythms.

 

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