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On October 9, 2019, Raíces Cultural Center had the honor of conducting an oral history interview with Capoeirista Professora Amazonas.

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Pepe Santana sings an Andean song. It was the first time that the audience heard Pepe sing a song in an indigenous language. There was a great silence in the room making it known that the audience was moved by the new and unfamiliar music they were…

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Pepe Santana explains to the audience the importance of the drum-the heart beat of a song. It helps us to feel the song not only just hear it.

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Pepe plays the Pan pipes, an Andean music staple instrument. What is most spectacular is that Pepe seamlessly plays two pipes at the same time. As you can tell by the audience's reactions they were impressed!

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In this clip Pepe talks about the "Andean identity" and how important it is for Andeans to take pride in their culture. Pepe fears that if Andeans don't take advantage of all they have to offer to share it with the world, that the culture will be…

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Pepe, Francisco and I pose at Pepe's Stanhope home after the interview. I left the interview with a completely different view on what culture means and how its changing in our modern-day world. I left with more appreciation for traditional musicians…

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A portion of Pepe Santana's collection of stringed instruments from around the world hand in a wall display.

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The staples of Andean Music. A genre of music that has survived so many years. In pre-columbian South America music was thought of as sacred. It was used in agricultural and religious rituals and wars. Thanks to musicians like Pepe Santana, we can…

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Pepe takes the time to show us the instruments in his collection. He shared with us the origins of many of his instruments, and even told us stories of how he acquired some of them.

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Pepe is always ready to show someone how his instruments sound and to teach about the origins of an instrument. His passion for Andean Music is always present.

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Pepe Santana poses just as he did for a book from the 90's about musicians in the United States. Pepe's mission to spread his traditional music with others has never changed. Thanks to him many know about Andean Music and its importance. He is an…

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The back of a charango, an armadillo shell. This shows just how resourceful the indigenous peoples of the Andes were and are. They used nature to make their music.

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Pepe and Francisco connected over the tradition of music and how important it is for a culture to take pride in and keep its music alive for themselves and future generations.

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Pepe shows us his collection of instruments in his home. Many of his instruments hold special stories.

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A close up of a small selection from Pepe Santana's stringed instrument collection.

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These are the guitars and other lute family instruments that make up Pepe's strings collection.
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