Saturday 11 February 2012

Let's Celebrate the Magnificent Oruro's Caranival 2012!

This month Viento Sur will dedicate every sunday to the majestic bolivian carnival that will take Saturday February 18 and Sunday 19, 2012. We will be talking about the bolivian folkloric Oruro's Carnival. The bolivian carnival of Oruro, is the result of the cultural interrelation between the Urus, Spanish and Africans. They cohabited this geography and contributed to the culture with rites, customs, myths, legends, beliefs and devotion to the Virgen of the Socavon. This Carnival that is more than 2000 years old was recognized in May 2001 and was declared by the Unesco to be a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Patrimony of the Humanity.
For more information on the Oruro Carnival 2010 visit the following links:

Wednesday 15 June 2011


Viento Sur will feature music from K'ALAMARKA, the months of June and July, and guess what, they are finally coming to Toronto, from BOLIVIA the MECCA of andean music and latino american music.

On August 19, 2011, they will be playing at the LIUNA Local 183, address 1263 Wilson Avenue a las 7:30PM, for more information and ticket purchases call 416-854-3933, 416-880-4608 or 647-764-0251.

Their music style is unique and has inspired many bands of all over the world, all the songs in their are their own compositions.

For more information on this band visit the following links:

Monday 28 March 2011

The Month of April will be dedicated to the legendary bolivian band, LOS K'JARKAS

Do not miss tuning in to Viento Sur, this month of April we will feature music of Los K'jarkas, one of the greatest Bolivian bands of all times. One of their songs in rhythm of Afro-Bolivian Saya "Llorando se fue" was plagiarized by Kaoma a brazilian band, that changed the original title to the famous "Lambada".
Los K'jarkas are the most influential bolivian band that has conquered the world with their music. They opened schools in different countries focusing on bolivian music. They have toured across Japan, Europe, Scandinavia, the United States, Canada and South America. For more information on this amazing bolivian band visit their web site at

Tuesday 4 January 2011

Rumillajta 3 Part Special January 2011!

Viento Sur started 2011 with a 3 part special dedicated to one of the greates bolivian bands, Rumillajta.

For more information on this amazing band visit the following links:

Saturday 27 November 2010

Viento Sur Featured Great Bolivian Band SUKAY

SUKAY is directed by the legendary Bolivian composer and one of the greatest master exponents of the charango: Eddy Navia. He was a founding member of the famous group Savia Andina with whom he recorded 30 albums, three of which went gold. Savia Andina was a major force in bringing Andean Folk Music into the mainstream, even hitting the Top 40 charts in South America. Eddy Navia has also recorded eight solo albums.

SUKAY was founded in 1975, by Quentin Howard (Executive Director, pan-pipes, flutes, and lead vocals), who in describing her first experience in hearing the zamponas or pan-pipes, being played says, "That sound went right to the heart of me." It is Howard’s true sense of intimacy with the music she plays that has made her such a natural on stage and has allowed her to connect with, educate and inspire audiences for the last 20 years.

The music of SUKAY has its roots in a 5000 year old, pre-Inca culture that believes in a strong relationship between life and nature that can be heard in the sound of the instruments. Though the group still performs the traditional compositions of the Andes, SUKAY continues to look toward ways to break new ground.

Sukay World Music is a woman, husband, son owned family label. Gabriel Navia, who composed the first song on the Encuentros CD when he was twelve, has been a major source of inspiration in the making of Pachamama. The label has received many honors for its 12 recordings including two Indies World International Music.

For more information regarding SUKAY visit the following links:

Tuesday 12 October 2010

Sol Simiente Sur Special

In September one of our shows was dedicated to one of the legendary recordings and projects that was put together by bolivian virtuosos in La Paz, Bolivia in 1978. The project was called Sol Simiente Sur.
The bolivian musicians that were part of this project were:
Eduardo Ortiz B. in the bolivian flute Quena
Eduardo Villaroel R. in Flute and Picolo
Javier Ruiz G. in the Charango Boliviano and the Cuatro Venezolano
Daniel Mendoza B. in Guitar
Marcel Ruiz G. in base
Fernando Sanjines in drums and bolivian percusion