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6th Annual Independent Music Awards Winner
World Traditional Category
This wonderfully entertaining and highly successful group dazzles in performance while educating audiences in a truly fascinating culture from South America. Inca Son was founded in order to share with all peoples the riches of Andean Culture. The group presents traditional music and dance of the Andes Mountains of Peru in authentic and colorful Inca attire. Each song and dance has a special importance, meaning or background in Andean folklore and is share with audiences throughout the evening's concert and through workshops.
The group has won many awards. In December of 1992, Inca Son launched the "Year of World Indigenous Peoples" in New York City at the United Nations. The Boston Music Awards nominated the group in both 1993 and 1995 for their outstanding accomplishments. In 1994, Inca Son provided the official entertainment for 1994 World Cup Soccer events. In 1995 the National Press Advisors of Peru (ANAP) bestowed the honorary title of "Cultural Ambassador" to the director of the group. In 1996 INCA SON was part of the official entertainment for the Olympics in Atlanta, and received the Certificate of Distinction for its outstanding performance at the Festival Mondial de Folklore, Drummondville, Quebec. And, for the last five years INCA SON has been elected "The Best Andean Band of New England" by the Harvard Square Business Association.
Not simply a performing group, Inca Son, through its founder and creative director Cesar Villalobos, contributed music for the PBS program Columbus and the Age of Discovery, a series which aired worldwide. On a regular basis, the group plays for festivals, museums, universities, schools and theaters.
INCA SON presents full-scale stage productions; lecture/performances for schools; directs student workshops and/or provides musical training. The company has available: professional sound equipment; a variety of uniforms, including an extraordinary collection of Inca attire; stage props, and a source of native dancers who perform dances of the Andes and/or of the coast of Peru (Afro-Peruvian).
“Andean music is about playing from the heart. That’s what we do.”
- Cesar Villalobos
“…they have become indispensable cultural ambassadors of a nearly lost South American folk tradition." - Keith Lockhart, Conductor, Boston Pops
"I would venture to say that Inca Son is the best group of its kind north of the Andes..."
- Dane F. Smith, President of the National Peace Corps Association