This is a video of Harukaze (Harukaze means spring wind in Japanese) concert performed by a group of Andean music called “Chaski” at Book Cafe Godou in Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture on March 4th, 2017. As a main member, Takeo Takagi from Ono City, Fukui Prefecture formed Chaski in 2016, and Mr.Takagi and his band members mainly perform in Fukui Prefecture.
*Chaski means express messengers who used to run right and left in Inca Empire in the old days in Quechua.
The melody of Llaqui Runa (the name of the music piece) has strained sound which is played by a zampona, and it is an impressive part of the song.
“Llaqui Runa” means sad people in Quechua. When a whole village in Bolivia was forced to move to other places by Spanish people, the Bolivians sang the song with the wish to go back to their home. The song in the video is sung in Japanese.
Charango is a 5-stringed musical instrument similar to the mandolin. Traditionally, the body of the instrument was made from the skin of an armadillo. Nowadays, most of them are made from wood.
Bombo leguero is a drum which is covered with cured skins of animals such as goats.
Quena is made of cane or wood, and it has 6 finger holes. How it’s made is very similar to Shakuhachi (bamboo flute).
Zampona is type of pan flute, made of reeds. It has multiple pipes of different length, which are bound together. Players move their lips along the pipes to make different sounds.
Chajchas is made of nuts. Players shake them to make noise.