The Heart of the People

COMPOSERS: Bolivian folk music
LABELS: TUMI
WORKS: Bolivian folk music
PERFORMER: Los Masis
CATALOGUE NO: CD 062

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Panpipe bands are big business, but Los Masis is a fresher version, springing from a village cultural centre in Bolivia which seeks to raise consciousness about the economic exploitation of rural areas.

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You don’t have to listen through an eco-political filter – from its gentle start the disc soon goes up-tempo with pipes, plucked strings and percussion to the fore, and light voices full of feeling and sonorously harmonised. CD couch potatoes will want to get up and dance.