This UK instrumental band found success playing South American panpipe music and ethnic instruments such as whistles, armadillo shells, llama toenails, condor bones, and nose flutes. Formed in 1982 and signed initially to Beggars Banquet Records subsidiary Coda Records, they were led by Mike Taylor (quena, zamponas, bombo, chajchas, vocals) and Tony Hinnigan (quena, zamponas, bombo, caja, guitar, tiple). The other members of the band included Forbes Henderson, Simon Rogers, Chris Swithinbank, Sergio Avila, and Mauricio Venegas. Their distinctive sound earned them a surprise UK Top 20 hit in 1982 with ‘Cacharpaya (Andes Pumpsa Daesi)’, which was used in the popular BBC Television natural history programme, Flight Of The Condor. Afterwards, Incantation’s commercial fortunes dwindled, though their albums continued to sell modestly to ...
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