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Have you heard of Gabriel Alegria’s Afro-Peruvian Sextet?

June 3, 2012

Well it’s about time you had. The Afro-Peruvian Sextet was formed in January of 2005. Composer and trumpet player Gabriel Alegría made a long distance phone call to drummer Hugo Alcázar, his long time friend and band mate. “I have an idea and I need someone who can dance,” said Gabriel… and since that time the Afro-Peruvian Sextet has produced two albums and has performed more than 400 shows in North America and Perú. Their audiences come from all over the globe and include a legion of dedicated fans who work directly with the band on various projects including concert promotion, merchandise sales and most notably, Tour Perú, a succesful concept by which fans of the band literally join the musicians on the road in Perú.
I had the chance to hear them at Tutuma Social Club in Midtown Manhattan and let me just say….it was some of the BEST music I have heard in ages! Good for listening and for dancing. It WILL move you. Give it a listen…

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