The Three Seasons of the Andes – Kimsa Pachanaka
Release date: 10th November 2023
on ARC Music
Los Ruphay, the unwavering bastions of Bolivian music and tradition, release their new album, The Three Seasons of the Andes – Kimsa Pachanaka.
This album brings special attention to the a dual threat faced by the indigenous people of Bolivia: the impact of westernisation and climate change representing a gradual-yet-persistent erosion of traditional ways of life.
The Three Seasons of the Andes highlights Bolivia's distinctive and unique climate. Bolivia experiences three seasons within its annual cycle—Lupi Pacha (the dry season), Jallu Pacha (the rainy season), and Thaya Pacha (the cold season). These seasons of the Aymara annual cycle (Kimsa Pachanaka translates to three times) have been greatly disrupted by climate change, affecting farming communities and the nation's biodiversity.
Through global exchanges, Bolivia's rich heritage has gained commercial prominence. The llama and other images are ubiquitous on souvenirs, artworks and traditional clothing, alongside the enduring traditions of cholitas and indigenous customs that have withstood centuries of challenges and continue to be celebrated today. Yet these same exchanges have had a lasting impact on the traditional peoples of the Quechua and Aymara: the lure of westernisation the far-reaching effects of centuries-old colonization.
The album’s message is reflected in its artwork: the Wiphala flag of the Aymara is replicated in ice and resin. Each cube filled with earthly elements; flowers, lavender, grass, and perched on ice cubes. The image was captured as the ice melted, eroded by external factors, a foreboding consequence of the increasingly warming climate.
Mario P. Gutiérrez, founder of Los Ruphay more than 50 years ago, was a visionary dedicated to preserving and promoting Bolivian music. His legacy continues to thrive through the band, which has now entered its sixth decade of creating music. Kimsa Pachanaka is dedicated to his memory.
Los Ruphay's music pays homage to Pachamama, the World Mother, and promotes the unity, wisdom, and harmony of the Andean indigenous people through the Wiphala flag. Mario P. Gutiérrez's legacy lives on through Los Ruphay's music, carrying a philanthropic message of hope for the Andean people. Their music is a powerful reminder of the rich traditions and enduring spirit of Bolivia and communities that stand proud in the foundations of their heritage.