Inca Spirit chose this name to carry the sounds, art and culture of Native America to the entire world. Inca Spirit plays select melodies from the high plains of the Andes and the Amazonas encompassing all of the Americas. This music is played on native instruments which are true museum pieces.
The flutes are pre Columbian notched bamboo flutes of ten different lengths called quenas, mama-kenas, kenachos and senka-tenkanas. Also used are bamboo pan flutes, known as sikus, which produce a wide range of tones, The sikus used in this recording include: toyos, which produce the lowest sounds; sankas, also low, strong sounding, an octave higher than the toyos; maltas, which produce a sweeter, higher sound for melodies and Chilis which are an octave higher than the maltas. Nasca antaras are pentatonic or chromatic pan flutes in different keys.
The string instruments are electro acoustic guitars and charangos. The charango is the most native string instrument in South America. The sound chest of some of these instruments are made from armadillos.
Hand percussion instruments used are the African congas and the Djembe which produces powerful sounds. Inca Spirit member Aguirre, has made a Djembe replica from Senegal and painted it with a Wiracocha Nasca God.
Percussion with sticks include: Nasca hide drum painted replicas which produce a low, airy sound; The wankara, a very big drum that produces a deep powerful sound; the bombo a mid- size drum providing a deep sound for rhythm. The Teponaxtle is originally from Mexico. The Mayas, Chibchas and all Amazonian people had versions of various sizes. The replica shown here is carved by us, with a bear motif, taken from the Kuawakiutle tribe from the North American Pacific coast.
The cajon Afro-Peruano, a box originally made in the 1800s by African Peruvian slaves, adds a fusion African beat. The lower jaw of a burro, a mandible is prepared in a sacred ritual. The sound is produced when hit on the side, the loose teeth make a shaker African, or Native American ancient sound.
Natural sound effects are made by a rain sticks, bird whistles and metal curtains. The pututo, a conch shell trumpet is used in all the Americas, Hawai and Africa.
Amazonian clay ocarinas; huaco-ceramic whistles for magical animal sounds; pre- Incan authentic bone quena flutes for haunting melodies.
Pre Colombian chakchas , shakers made with seeds or llama-goats hooves. African Brazilian shekeres specially made in Bahia, Salvador, add a Samba flavor.
Filling out Inca Sipirit performances are electro-acoustic guitars and guitar-synthesizers.
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