The Busker #1

Odille Esmonde-Morgan

GLENORCHY, Australia

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A performer from the Latin American group Arauco libre at the Salamanca Markets.

H2, 80mm lens

And I have been honoured to have this work FEATURED by the following group(s):

All Street Portraiture
Former DPF Members – 30 June 2011

Arauco Libre was formed in November 1987. The band is comprised largely of political refugees who fled the Pinochet regime in Chile to exile in Tasmania in the late 1980s. The name of the band refers to the indigenous people who spread across southern Chile and Argentina, whose culture and language are suppressed by the larger governments in which the group live. Hence the band’s name is a political statement – “Freedom to the Araucanians”.

Arauco Libre performs live at the Salamanca Market every Saturday and has done so since 1987. Other live performances include Launceston Festivale, Agfest, Cygnet Folk Fesitval, Tulip Festival, Deloraine Craft Fair among other state events, and the National Folk Festival (Canberra). The band also performs at various government department functions and for private functions such conferences, weddings and birthdays.

The band has produced six recordings on CD:
To the Indigenous People of the World (1993); Whispers from the Andes (1995); Distant Shores (1997); Salamanca (2000); Sojourn (2002); and Mapuche (2007).

These recordings are important to Arauco Libre because they are a “living portrait” of changes within the band and also show its relationship with the local audience.

Through their music, Arauco Libre invite you to go on a musical journey and join them in their hopes for all indigenous people of the world.
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General Info
Band Website
Record Label Red Planet Studios, Hobart
Type of Label Indie

Band Members:
Germán Duarte - Guitar, Cuatro, Quenas, Sikus
Mauricio Duarte - Charango, Cuatro
Arlette Duarte - Bombo, Percussion
Michael Gonzalez - Bombo (a veces)
Rodrigo Hamedes - Guitar
Elias Solís - Bombo, Percussion
Franco Solís - Quena, Sikus, Percussion
LuchinMerro Aburto - Front Relations
Sounds Like The band plays music from the Andean region of South America (Northern Chile, Northern Argentina, Perú, Bolivia and Ecuador).

This music includes folk, traditional, dance and carnival tunes.
Traditional instruments such as the siku (pan pipes), quena (indigenous bamboo flute), bombo (drum), charango (ten string mandolin/guitar) and chakj’chas (shakers) are played by the band members.

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