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Inca Music
A history of tragedy and triumph

Inca Music is the result of centuries of ethnic and cultural mix. The wind and percussion instruments are the best known of Inca Music. PanPipes, Flutes and the Kena are just some examples of it.

The arrival of the Spaniards to Peru meant the end for the Incas and many facets of their fantastic culture. Many transformations happened and new instruments never seen before were introduced. The appearance of the first stringed instruments such as the guitar, mandolin, lute, harp and violin. Inca Music has undergone many changes for thousands of years.

Main Peruvian-Inca Instruments

The Guitar

Inca Music

Its shape is similar to the spanish guitar however there is a variation in the shape, number of strings and the tune, depending on the region. It is used to play different styles of inca - peruvian music such as vals, marinera or huayno.


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This is a small guitar shape instrument with 10 strings. Perhaps the best example of native genius was the creation of the Charango, it is made with the shell of an armadillo and also made of wood.


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A percussion instrument that has reach out to the world music, it has recently been incorporated in flamenco music. Basically it is a wooden box with a hole at the back. To play it, you must sit down on top of it and slap the front with the palm of your hands. Mostly played for Marinera or Afro Peruvian music.


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This instrument is a peruvian flute very well known around the world. It features 5-6 holes and they are made in different sizes out of cain and wood among other materials.


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The zampoña is made out of cain. It is a series of tubes of different sizes bound together. This wind instrument is used in many different areas of Peru and it varies in number of tubes and size depending on the region.

Peruvian Music Video

Peru-Inca music left a rich legacy of culture and traditions. Watch some of it.

Andean Music

Some of the most famous inca music around the world is the music from the Andes. From "El Condor pasa" to a full range of andean vibes that has beautifully mixed with other musical tendencies.

But they all have one thing in common, a relaxing and even healing power that you might want to try for less than a dollar or just listen to the samples.

Related Info

Inca Art
Most of the Inca art was melted down by the Spanish to satisfy their lust for gold and silver. Much about the Inca and their culture is surrounded in mystery and their art is no different.

Inca Architecture
The Inca were masterful architects and stone masons. Inca Architecture has withstood centuries of abuse and has come out largely intact.

Inca Culture
When it comes to the Inca it can get a little difficult to separate fact from speculation but the indisputable truth is that Inca culture had a dramatic impact on present day Peru.

Inca Religion
The Incas did leave an oral record of their beliefs that has been passed down from generation to generation through the centuries.

Inca Music
Inca Music is the result of centuries of ethnic and cultural mix. The wind and percussion instruments are the best known of Inca Music. PanPipes, Flutes and the Kena are just some examples of it.

Inca Gods
The Inca were polytheists, the sun was the most important aspect of life and there was a clear tendency to worship the stars and the moon.

Inca Artifacts
The Inca people were skilled craftsmen, they made jewelry, masks, pottery, tapestries, musical instruments, baskets, and other crafts. This artifacts have been found by archaeologists and tell us many things that we know about the Incas way of life.

Inca Masks
The Inca masks are a tradition in Peru that has been going on for centuries, it is part of the inca culture.

Inca Clothing
Inca men used to wear tunics which were knee length, grass shoes or leather sandals, headbands, headdresses, belts and bags.

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