Hailed as the most exciting Andean group to appear for over a decade, Kallawaya will make their debut tour in theWest this summer. Five of Boliviašs finest musicians offer a compelling programme of Bolivian and Latin American music. Moving from a brief but spectacular presentation of rural music, they employ a remarkable variety of instruments and rhythms, introducing elements of Latin jazz, to create an impressively contemporary Andean sound. Kallawaya was brought together 3 years ago by Adrian Villanueva, ex-kenista with the celebrated Andean ensemble Rumillajta. The group has toured in Japan and South America with great success. Their UK tour, which runs from mid-May to late June 2003, marks their first appearance in the West.
The word Kallawaya has its roots in the native Bolivian Aymara language and it stands for shaman or medicine man. These traditional healers of the Andean region have a profound knowledge of natural medicine that goes back more than 500 years. Founded by Edgar Villaroel and Adrian Villanueva both ex- more