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Thread #158947   Message #3765241
Posted By: keberoxu
13-Jan-16 - 01:41 PM
Thread Name: Percusssion boxes
Subject: RE: Percusssion boxes
In order to refresh this thread, I had to filter with the word "percusssion" which gave me a chuckle for the day, thank you.

On the subject of the "cajon", there are some informative remarks in "La Cancion en el Sombrero." This covers the Inti-Illimani group from Chile, and is written by Horacio Salinas Alvarez, who was not a "founder" as such -- joined too late, and too young -- but became musical director of Inti-Illimani before 1970, and remained so until he left the Coulon brothers over ten years ago. This paperback book, in Spanish, is autobiographical; since much of his life has been devoted to Inti-Illimani, the book becomes a book about the group itself.

Now that this post is being data entered, I find that I can't locate the book in order to quote from it directly. Will have to do so with a future post.   From memory, I can tell you that:

Salinas, Chile-born-and-raised, and personally much influenced by guitar music from Argentina, did not grow up with the "cajon" in the music of his early years. Only as the youngest member of a touring musical group -- mostly Chileans, with the exception of Ecuador native Max Berru -- did he encounter the cajon in South America. He says the music in which the cajon was introduced to him, came from Peru. More particularly, the genre of music was "afro-peruana," the music in Peru originating with the descendents of African slaves. Salinas confesses personally to being tentative and feeling presumptuous about touching the "afro-peruana" musical traditions at the time, as they seemed so foreign to him.

"Cancion para matar una culebra" was the album on which Inti-Illimani released their song "Samba Lando." The writing credits for this song go to Patricio Manns, Jose Seves who sings the lead vocal, and Horacio Salinas. "Lando," Salinas states, is the genre name for a form of Afro-Peruvian music. And he says it was with this album and this song that Inti-Illimani first added the "cajon" to their percussion line-up in their own music.