Initially establishing their reputation under the name Les Hijas Del Sol, this female duo originate from the island of Bioko, in Continental New Guinea. Piruchi (b. 1974) and niece Paloma Loribo Apowe (b. 1976) were both born in the tiny village of Basakato and are descended from the original inhabitants of the island, the Bubi people. They adopted the name Les Hijas Del Sol (meaning Daughters Of The Sun) in tribute to their island and village, it being a name often attributed to its people. They appeared regularly in cultural shows organised by French and Spanish cultural commissions in the early 90s. They released a CD, Sibèba (meaning ‘a place of salvation reserved for the best’), which won them huge notoriety within the Spanish world music community and resulted in the award of several awards. Songs such as ‘Biè Työ’ conveyed their belief that the Bubi system of beliefs and communication should be preserved and actively maintained by its people in the face of outside pressures and new technologies. Although they retained the name Les Hijas Del Sol for their established Spanish market, they have subsequently adapted that song title as their performance name. Although they are a deeply traditional duo, using authentic indigenous instruments to back their harmonic but gruff singing voices, they have also addressed contemporary subjects. For example, ‘SIDA’ (the Spanish initials for AIDS) conveyed the need for their countrypeople to practise safe sex, while ‘A Ba’ele’ (‘The Foreigners’) addressed the racism visited on immigrant Africans in parts of Madrid.
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