An Afro-Peruvian concert featuring the group Negrura Peruana put on a lively, colorful and engaging performance Dec. 2 in Dodds Theater.
Many members of these communities attended the concert as well as students, faculty and staff from UNH.
Negrura Peruana performs the music and dance of Peru’s African and criollo population, especially from the coastal area around Chincha (located south of the capital Lima) and later transplanted to the urban center of Lima.
Group members emigrated from Lima to the Hartford area of Connecticut in the late 1980s and early 1990s, coming together to play as a band in July 2002. Since then the group has performed at a number of high-profile venues, such as the recent concert by Afro-Peruvian music icon Eva Ayllón (artist nominated for a Grammy 2002) and is sought after to play at community parties.
The group features four dancers in addition to the four drummers. Song styles include the Festejo, Landó, Alcatraz y Zamacueca, representative dances of the Peruvian-African culture.
Group members heard and played these styles throughout their community, where music was an important part of celebrations, gatherings, and informal competitions. Although they are not trained musicians, their performances show a deep love for the music and a spontaneous but highly skilled mastery of the complex rhythms, accents, and phrasings especially when accompanying the dancers.