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PERÚ NEGRO AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008 at 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 4, 2008 – “A non-stop carnival of rhythm.” (Los Angeles Times) For more than 35 years, Perú Negro has been preserving Peru’s rich African heritage. Today, they are the standard bearers of black music in Peru. In their energetic performances, festive and celebratory dances are interwoven with vibrant live music in order to recreate the folkloric history of their ancestors. Perú Negro performs at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 2 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. This tour of Perú Negro is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.
Founded by Ronaldo Campos de la Colina in 1969, Perú Negro seeks to preserve and revitalize the cultural traditions of music and dance of the blacks that first came to Peru as slaves in the 18th century. The ensemble’s distinctive sound is in part a result of their unusual percussion instruments – a wooden crate, a tithing box and a donkey jaw. Historically, these were substitutes for the drums that had been banned by Spanish colonizers. The music is rounded out by melodic guitar and passionate voices, providing the perfect accompaniment for the rhythmic and passionate dancing in perfect syncopation with the percussion. “A fascinating look at a living tradition in the throes of social and cultural transformation, with artistry as rich and colorfully diverse as the history it reflects,” writes The Boston Globe.
Perú Negro is currently led by Campos’ son Ronny Campos, who has expanded the ensemble from 12 family members to thirty members and has made Perú Negro a presence on the international stage. The Lima-based music and dance ensemble has performed all over the world and has been named “Ambassadors of Peruvian Culture” by the Peruvian Government. Perú Negro also runs its own school and a junior troupe called Perú Negrito. They have released several albums, including "Sangre de un Don" ("Heritage of a Gentleman"), dedicated to founder Campos, who passed away in 2001; and the Latin Grammy Award-nominated "Joglorio."
This tour of Perú Negro is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.
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