Sun 1 March 2009, The Independent

Album: Niyireth, Musica Colombiana Andina (ARC)

By Michael Church
Niyireth Alarcon is a conservatory-trained mezzo who has dedicated her life to popularising the music of the high Andes, and what she delivers here is charming. Some of the rhythms arrived from Cuba, some from Africa, and some from Europe — in Colombia, the waltz evolved into the "pasillo". Niyireth's warm sound is complemented by lutes and exotic percussion, such as the esterilla and the rainstick. How can a handful of seeds sliding down a hollow tube sound so magical?
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