Sharing Culture - Roots Music

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Sharing Culture - Roots Music

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Pan Flutes
During his performance Pepe has his instruments on display. These are just a few of the many pan flutes in his collection. This instrument is a staple in Andean Music. Pepe sometimes plays two at a time.

Tuning for the Performance
Here Pepe is tuning his instruments for his performance at Whispering Knoll Assisted Living facility in Edison, New Jersey.

Showing the Audience
Pepe holds up instruments to show his audience. This is a trademark of Pepe's performances. He believes in respecting his audience's intelligence by explaining to them the origins of his instruments and how they are used in Andean Music.

El Charango
Pepe plays the charango. This is another staple in Andean Music. It is a small guitar made up of ten strings. The back of a charango is the shell of an armadillo.

Pan Flute and Drum
Pepe plays the pan flute and drum. Pepe calls the beating of the drum a "rythmic pattern" in which music can be added to create a song.

A Close Up
A close up of Pepe Santana playing the pan flute and drum.

Song of the Andes
Pepe Santana plays and sings an Andean song for his audience in an indigenous language.

Pepe Santana plays the Quena flute. It is made of bamboo. It is often associated with "fertility rituals of resurrection and life." The Quena has been recognized as one of the most important wind instruments of Andean Music. It has even been depicted…

Pepe Santana wears a chullo hat. This is an iconic hat worn by indigenous peoples of the Andes for thousands of years. The different colors, patterns and weaves are used to differentiate between communities. …

A Close Up of the Pan Flutes
The audience gets a close up of Pepe Santana's pan flutes as he explains the importance of them in Andean Music.

More Charango
Pepe Santana plays the charango

Pepe Welcomes the Audience
Pepe welcomes the audience to his performance. During this performance they will learn so much about the beautiful Andean Music Pepe has played most of his life.

Pepe Santana
Pepe Santana smiles as the audience enjoys his music.

Large Pan Flutes
These large pan flutes are one of the staples of Andean Music. Andean Music traditionally consists of only two types of musical instruments,wind and percussion.


Pepe's Collection
Pepe Santana was gracious enough to not only allow us into his home in Stanhope, New Jersey but to let the Raices team look at and touch his instrument collection. Pepe has acquired his collection during the span of his career. He took the time to…

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

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

More Pan Flutes
More pan flutes from Pepe Santana's collection

More Pan Flutes 2
More pan flutes

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

Pan Flutes 3
Pan flutes 3

Pepe and Francisco
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.

The Glass Case
Pepe's private collection in his Stanhope, NJ home.

Armadillo Shell Charango
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.

Not a Thing Has Changed
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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