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Mamaye has a percussive groove influenced from Brazilian music but played with the cajones which gives a different feel. Includes a great afroperuvian guitar riff played by Felix Casaverde and nice horn sections by Watussi. Also used in some of the other tracks, you can listen to the batajones which is a mixture of the Peruvian cajon and the African Batan drum. The lyric talks about how complete freedom/equality has not been achived and we are just getting used to live like that. It is singed in a form of asking Mamaye for the answers, and invented character that represents the old wise black lady.


O mama, O mama, O mamaye,

Dime Mamaye
como es la verdad
falso es por dentro
el q guia tu andar
dicen los esclavos
que nada cambiara
ya no suena mas
ese grito de libertad

O mama O mama O mamaye (x4)

Dime mamaye
Si el dia llegara
Cuando no haya mas
Cadenas pa arrastrar
Saltan mis hermanos
De chincha a Senegal
Suenan los tambores
Ritmo y libertad

O mama O mama O mamaye (x4)


from Karimba, released June 15, 2012

• Vocals: Sofia Buitron
• Backing Vocals: Marcos Mosquera
• Acoustic Guitar: Felix Casaverde
• Cajon: Marcos Mosquera and Mangue Vasquez
• Bass: Alfonso Montesinos
• Timbales: Constantino Alvarez
• Congas: Marcos Mosquera
• Batajones: Marcos Mosquera
• Programming and Electric Guitar: Grimaldo del Solar

MAMAYE (Music and Lyrics by Grimaldo del Solar)


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With a shared passion for traditional Afro-Peruvian music and global DJ culture, Grammy-nominated Novalima stands in the common ground bridging past and future, uniting tradition and innovation.


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