After emerging in the 70s, Eva Ayllón immediately set a landmark by establishing herself as the leading exponent of Afro Peruvian music. Ayllón focuses on the elegant and lively genres of the coastal plains of Peru. She is known for singing the landó, the festejo, and the vals, all mestizo blends of Peru’s indigenous, African, and Spanish musical heritage. Eva’s recording career spans 30 albums, five Latin Grammy nominations, and multiple performance sell outs including the legendary Carnegie Hall. Read our exclusive talk with Eva Ayllon in her last visit to the UK past April 2012, you can also watch and listen her performance live at SWF 2012 in Oxford.
After Toto la momposina, Susana Baca, Mercedes sosa, biggest names of the most recognized female artists from latin america who play traditional music and visited London years ago. One of our greatest approaches this year is the amazing Eva Ayllon, a great artist who represent the great traditional and afro-peruvian music worlwide.
Presented at Skoll forum as “Peru most enduring star” and the “Tina Turner of Peru”, for us she is also an ambassador of afro peruvian and creole music worldwide. We are very honoured to get this short lines in our Latinos in London 10 questions about her visit to the UK this 2012. This is the only way to bring to our followers and her fans a bit of her visit and her thoughts and keep in our memories her visit to the UK.
In the meantime enjoy our short interview with Eva Ayllon dedicated to all our latin american friends in the UK, followers and people worldwide interested in her journey to spread the latin american and peruvian roots worldwide. Special thanks to Eva Ayllon and her Team to give us this opportunity.
The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier, international platform for accelerating entrepreneurial approaches and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social issues.
Each year in Oxford, 900 distinguished delegates from the social, finance, private and public sectors convene in Oxford for three days and nights of critical debates, discussions and work sessions aimed at innovating, accelerating and scaling solutions to social challenges. (SWF 10-12 April / 2012)
INTERVIEW WITH EVA AYLLON @ SWF 2012
By Latinos in London
1 – Tell us a little about your participation in Skoll World Forum?
Is given as part of our interest in events that promote sustainable development and social justice.
2 – How people received your music Skoll World Forum?
We ended with a standing ovation in which the entire room stood up, I think they like!
3 – What do you want of most people have never been in Latin america understand about Afro-Peruvian music?
I want they can discover when see us that in Peru and the rest of Latin America we have cultural traditions to share with the rest of the world.
4 – What do you think the inclusion of Latin America for such international events like SWF?
It is necessary. Our latin american countries’ start to grow with better outlook and we must learn from the positive has been achieved in other regions of the world.
5 – What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when people ask you about Peru?
Memories of my grandmother, Chabuca Granda’s music and the great selection of foods from all sources. I think that happens to all Peruvians that we like our food.
6 – Do you had time to see Oxford and its surroundings?
Off course! I went out to walk the streets full of history and academic references, we went to a traditional pub with my band and tasted the traditional fish and chips….. also we took a train and made a small tour around London.
7 – Tell us your favorite influences in Peruvian music and How do you see the new generation of Afro-Peruvian musicians?
Influences, first Chabuca Granda and then countless of artists. These times with new generations once again i feel the movement that we live in the 70’s when youth look different ways to express themselves. I like Fiesta Negra and Palenke.
8 – What would you say to the Peruvian musicians based in England who are outside their country and also promote Peruvian culture?
First, Thanks a million! because of their dedication to keep the culture and music alive, and second that we need to improve everyday ourselves because our country needs more references.
9 – What do you think of the fusion of Creole music with electronic rhythms and the fury of cumbia and chicha in these times?
Chabuca in her time was already talking about music fusion, but she use the term discotequeadas like discotec versions, which I enjoyed very much. I think that every generation must show their own understanding of music but always with respect to the roots.
10 – Something you want to say to the Latin American community in England?
Hope to see you soon and thanks for supporting our music an essential part of our identity. A kiss to all! What we have to do is go back to London and do a concert with everything! (con toda!)
WATCH HERE PART OF THE PERFORMANCE BY EVA AYLLON @ SWF 2012