Guadalupe de la Cruz Rios

Kupuri: Huichol Songs & Music

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Guadalupe de la Cruz Rios is a "ceremonial elder" of the Huichol Indians, a tribe from the Sierra Madre in Central Mexico, famous for their peyote rituals and colorful visionary art. On this collection of traditional songs, sung in the native tongue, Guadalupe is joined by her brother-in-law on violin and voice, and his son on guitar. The tape was recorded in Guadalupe's kitchen and, whilst it won't win any awards for sound quality, it overflows with the joy and immediacy of music made in its traditional setting, rather than in the comparative sterility of a recording studio. The enthusiastic cheers of the onlookers mix with the scraping violin, the rudimentary guitar, and Guadalupe's passionate vocals, in this collection of rough and rather unmelodic chants, that nevertheless convey a strange and alluring power, doubtless due in part to the fact that all three performers are respected shamans. Each tune is introduced by narrator Larain Boyll, who also opens the tape with a brief introduction to Huichol culture.