EP 7: David Mortara

When it comes to the cajon and Afro-Peruvian culture, David Mortara could most certainly be considered an expert. His journey into the cajon and Afro-Peruvian culture began after a chance meeting with one of Peru’s most respected cajon players Eusebio Sirio Castillo ”Pititi”. 

In 2002 he was named a research fellow for the center for latin american culture studies at Kings Collage London and after his extensive research and learning of the cajon and the culture, David is now one of the world’s most highly respected authorities on the subject.

In this episode we hear about David’s amazing journey into this culture and the history that surrounds the cajon. We also learn about types of Afro-Peruvian rhythms, as well as hearing David play examples of the rhythms and some other incredible percussion instruments from the tradition.

Relevant links:

Full concert of Canción Criolla (Creole Song) and Afro-Peruvian music performed by MALAMBO of which David is a Band Leader and percussionist at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Special Guest, Adriano Adewale.

16:42 minute video is of Manuel Vásquez Goyoneche demonstrating basic Peruvian rhythms.

Video, shot by Martin Cohen of Congahead (original founder of LP Percussion) of Yuri Juaréz Yllescas and Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón Beltran.

Eduardo Alcazar Garay, demonstrates the two basic “golpes” of landó and how they mesh together.

Eduardo gives the cajón some context, in a short excerpt of ‘alcatraz’ accompanied by the guitar of Ronald Díaz.

Two makers of Peruvian cajones: www.percusionreal.com – www.atempopercusion.com