Sukay/Pachamama – Andean and Latin Music

“…for all of the infectious dance music and haunting sounds from the five-foot panpipes and goat-hoof rattles, it was the guitar playing that most impressed, particularly when Navia made his miniature “charango” guitar sing like a dulcimer.” Joe Banno, Washington Post

Sukay is a Quechua word meaning “to open the earth and prepare it for planting.” Venerable, and vital still, Sukay provided many North Americans their first taste of Andean music in the mid 1970’s. The current incarnation of Sukay is the strongest yet, continuing to enrapture new audiences with the music of the ancient Aymara and Quechua cultures. Sukay features charango master Eddy Navia and Alcides Mejia Hany, the leading exponent of Andean pan pipes and flute. Both are original members of the famous Bolivian folk group Savia Andina which made 33 albums: 10 Gold and 5 Platinum. Founding member of Sukay, Quentin Navia sings and plays Bolivian flute. Gabriel Navia, Eddy’s son and a recording artist and composer since age 12, fills out Sukay on guitar and charango.

“The music was old as the Andes and many of the hand made instruments were relatively primitive…but the hauntingly beautiful sounds were elegant and sophisticated.” – Dave Veitch, the Calgary Sun

“Dazzling the listener with a display of complete musicality that defied the limitations of their instruments…an overflow-capacity crowd on its feet in a wash of thunderous applause.”
—Tucson Citizen

Sometimes when musicians from diverse cultures get together and jam, the result is an unforgettable evening. When Fito Reinoso and Georges Lammam got together with Sukay, the result was an unforgettable group, Pachamama. Reinoso is a notable Cuban sonero and Lammam is an acclaimed Arabic violinist with a strong taste for Latin music. The combination of Latin rhythm and song with Andean wind and stringed instruments works delightfully well.

“Music from the heart that you’ll never forget.”
—Michigan Daily, Ann Arbor, MI

Pachamama Carnival
When unforgettable music isn’t enough, Sukay, Pachamama, and a full complement of dancers provide an extravaganza that leaves even the audience a little out of breath.