The kamacheña

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    The kamacheña (also spelled camacheña) is a somehow mysterious Andean musical instrument. At the root of this veil of secrecy might be its reduced geographical distribution, compared to other popular wind instruments of the Andes. Or perhaps it is due to its use being limited to traditional contexts, its poorly known repertoire, or its difficult playing technique.

The kamacheña is a brief guide introducing the reader to the location, structure and use of a little-known Andean aerophone (quenilla, flauta de Pascua, flautilla, quena, flautilla jujeña) performed in southern Bolivia (department of Tarija) and northwestern Argentina (provinces of Salta and Jujuy): a flute played with one hand alongside the vibrant accompaniment of the drum caja, which is used for keeping alive very ancient repertoires.

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