| Traditional k'antu from Bolivia, (help·info)
as played by Inkuyo group
(Art from Sacred Landscapes, 1998)
Kantu or k'antu is an ancient style of music and circle dance which is widespread since incaic or even preincaic epoch on the Peruvian and Bolivian highlands. Modern versions of this style still use the Quechua or Aymara language and the siku (ceremonial panpipe). Some musicologists argue that the name for this style comes from the Spanish word 'canto' meaning 'song.' Linguists might argue that the name comes from the Quechua word 'k'antu' which is a widely known flower in Bolivia. Also, k'antu may be a word of extinct Puquina language.
Traditionally k'antu is being performed on siku (panpipe) by parallel fifths and octaves in combination with percussion instruments. Usually scale of k'antus is pentatonic, seldom even like Japanese In scale.
For recorded version of the k'antu songs, please refer to Worlds of Music listed as a reference.
There is a variety of bands who play the Kantu style, such as:
- Titon, Jeff Todd., Linda Fujie, David Locke, & David P. McAllester. Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World's People. 2nd ed.
- For example listen Machulas Kantu by Bolivia Manta folk group (Wiñayataqui, 1981)
- Max Peter Baumann (1985). "The Kantu Ensemble of the Kallawaya at Charazani (Bolivia)". Yearbook for Traditional Music (Canberra, Australia: International Council for Traditional Music) 17: 146–166. JSTOR 768440.
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