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On this page we give you some background on the music. Both for the original recordings as the remixes.


The original recordings are presented in the order as they would normally be played during the ceremony

  1. Huaira Sacha (also sometimes called Chakapa),:the shaking of the 'chapaka' is usually the beginning of the ceremony. The sounds of the leafs make a rhythmic sound as a result of the movements of the shaman. The shaman also sometimes sing while using the chakapa, or he may not., it differs per shaman and per ceremony. The chakapa can also be used on a person for a treatment that may be performed by the shaman.  The huaria's on this album come from the Peruvian jungle.

  2. Yagé & Chacropanga: After ingesting the ayahuasca one usually sits or lays down. It is a good custom to welcome the presence of the medicine in ones body. Eyes closed with an inward focus, no expectations. The drumming in the distance invokes the medicine to enter and start working. The drums you hear on this recording are made by Kassandra.. The vibrating skins of the drum resonate on a deep level. This drumming may continue for 20-30 minutes, depending on a lot of things.

  3. Aluna. The word Aluna comes from the Kogi, an indigenous tribe living an intact pre-Colombian shamanic life in the north of Colombia. They inhabit the Sierra Nevada the Santa Marta, the highest coastal mountain range in the world. 47 Kilometers from the beach the highest peak is almost 6 kilometers above sea level. The triangular mountain massive has all the climate zones in the world, from arctic to desert to tropical rainforest, and everything in between. For the Kogi, this is the center of the world.
    Aluna is the thought that preceded this Creation. Therefore it is the first word in Arno's opening song. Many energies are invited to enter the Sacha Huasi Maloca: Celestial beings, mountain gods, the rulers of the upper-, middle-, and underworld, the ancestors and many more.

  4. Icaro whistle. An Icaro is originally a shamanic song from the Vegetalista tradition coming from Iquitos, Peru. Here it is a whistle coming from who knows where, guiding the drinkers in their inner journey. These whistles can be heard during the most intense part of the ceremony. Although it sounds like a human whistle, it is a melody coming from the plant world.

    5. Ballad for Pachamama is a duet of two typical mouth harmonica’s, tuned in the Andean pentatonic style as you can find it in Otavalo, Ecuador. There is a long tradition in that area playing the harmonica during the Solstice festival of Inti Raimi, to honor the sun. Men from different villages or neighbourhoods challenge each other with rival melodies in a competition for Grandfather Sun. In our version Ballad for Pachamama the harmonica's are not in a competition, it is a completion of each other. Focused and playful, tristesse and joy, macho and feminine, touching the depth of the soul...

    6. Kuntur is a song to honor the Condor, the biggest flying bird on earth. This song popped up in Arno’s mind while encountering a female Condor at the ridge of the Cocha Cuy crater lake north of Otalvalo, Ecuador. The Condor is seen in Ecuador as a messenger from the Gods, talking to the Andean gods Pachaqamaq and Pachamama, negotiating a fruitful outcome for the living beings on Earth. Check the video below!

More track descriptions will follow soon, we are still building the website..;-) Please come back later!

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