Mirtha Guerrero

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    author, composer, performer
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  • WOMEX 2017
  • WOMEX 2016
  • WOMEX 2015
  • WOMEX 2014
  • WOMEX 2013

Mirtha Guerrero, stage name "La Machete", is part of the new generation of authors / composers / interpreters of contemporary Afro-Latin music now in Lima (Peru). Half way between Susana Baca and Novalima, La Machete offers a lively and modern glance at Afro-Peruvian rhythms, interpreting the little-known music of the Pacific coast of Peru, where she grew up. Polyrhythm and the fusion of melodies where one can hear pop, jazz and the voices, history and music of the sister countries of Latin America - the clarity of her lyrics combine with imagination and an uncompromising derision that uplifts us with joy and passion. She has lived in France for several years and released her latest CD in 2010, "De verdes... y maduras”, in collaboration with the Alliance Française of Lima (Peru). She’s actually recording her new album working in France and Peru.

” Folk & Jazzy captivating compositions. Urban poetry, imbued with true intensity and freshness." Escape 2010

The range of rhythms from the Peruvian coast combine in Música Criolla and Música Negra. Under their inspiration, the panorama of the actual musical scene moves on, bright and diversified enriched by an interbreeding where Andean traditional as much as African and European influences are played. The afro-Peruvian music, formerly primarily developed by the African descendants and relegated to the popular districts, is now rehabilitated in the whole of the country, where it became symbol of pride and “Peru-unity”...

Mirtha Guerrero


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