Quechua folk music includes beautiful, haunting for panpipes hollow pipes graduated length. The two main singing duos of the 1960’s were Simon and Garfunkel who gave hit Quechua music and made an album of their songs. One of these hit songs were “El Condor Pasa” which was a very hit number.The characteristic music of the Central Andes is called huayno.
They created music and songs on the Andean people. The lyrics consisted of the life of Andean people, their daily life routine in the mountain villages. They also used traditional instruments such as drums, flutes and the charrango. Charrango is a mandolin style guitar made from an armadillo shell..
However, there is not a tradition of Quechua literature but the musicians created songs on the people of Quechua who had very hard life while living in the Andes. Their songs reflect the hardships of their life. Jose Maria Arguedas, Cesar Vallejo and Ciro Alegria have also written influential books that portray the oppression of the Quechua throughout the centuries and chronicle their hard life in the Andes.
The musicians have contributed a lot in making the music on the life of Andes people, their pride and nationalism.On famous Lake Titicaca is the centerpiece of Indian civilization; it is the highest navigable lake in the world. It is measurable and 12,000 feet high. So the musicians have made such wonderful music and songs on that lake.
Their lyrics consist of the love songs that were so beautiful that people would hear them again and again. The rich Quechua musical traditions have existed for many centuries and created history in the music world. The Quechua musicians recorded their sings on the Peru, island of Taquile from an island in the lake that hung from a cloud where 900 citizens lived in that island and then disappeared but the music lives on. Their music tells us about the daily life of the people living on that island.
The folk music of Quechua was also beautiful and melodious. People in that island would gather together to celebrate any of their functions, festivals and weddings with the Quechua music. They would make merry, dance and sing songs on the Quechua music.
Orchestras are grouped in this way:- sets of panpipes and their pitches played in concert, and in counterpart to, one another. Many stage shows would also take place and many contests also took place on Quechua music. There were various string instruments including guitars, mandolins, violins and drums of all shapes and pitches.
Though it was very rare that all the instruments were used together. It was only that each instrument was used on some specific function. The strings are used strictly for weddings and to honor the high level people of that place, while the wind instruments, and the performance of actual melodies are used for the seasonal cycles i.e. the songs were made on the different seasons occurring in a year.
Panpipes were only used from June through August. The music on the disc is raw and unpolished as the people were not very professional in recording the music. the seasonal melodies were sung in the honor of the guests. All of the Quechua music is brightly colored, full of passion for life, full of the sky itself.