The Imbayakunas music allows the listener to escape on an exotic voyage to a South American traditional Native community. Their musical intention is to share the rich sounds of the Andean regions. In Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia traditional music is the privileged expression of 20 million Quechua and 4 million Aymaras.
The Imbuyakunas’ music ranges from the traditional sounds of Yarabi, San Juan, Albasos, Tinkus, Huaynos, Tobas, Taquiraris and Sayas to the more contemporary sounds of Cumbias, Bombas, Rumbas and Ballads. They play traditional Andean Native music with an infusion of Latin and European sounds. Their traditional instruments are the pan flutes, rondador, charango, drum, ronrroco and cajas. We also use newer instruments like the guitar, violin, bandolin, and bass. The mixing of these sounds allows us to expand their art.
Audiences say the distinctive melodies of The Imbyakunas speak to the heart and soul. Some of their rhythms are pensive and incorporate sounds of the natural world while others are upbeat and very danceable. The songs are sung in Spanish and also Quechua (pronounced “kee – chew – ahh”). Themes of the songs are of respect for “Pacha Mama” (mother earth in Quechua), annual Andean festivals, working overseas, love and new romance.
Musical expression creates an environment that unites us all. The songs of The Imbuyakunas are interpretations of our past and the evolution of our culture into the future.