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Huayno is a genre of popular Andean Music from Peru. It is especially common in Peru and Bolivia. It originated in Peru as a combination of traditional rural folk music and popular urban dance music. High-pitched vocals are accompanied by a variety of instruments, including flute, harp, panpipe, accordion, saxophone, charango, lute, violin, guitar, and mandolin. Some elements of huayno originate in the music of the pre-Columbian Andes. Huayno utilizes a distinctive rhythm in which the first beat is stressed and followed by two short beats.

Huayno is an important Andean genre of dance and music of pre-Hispanic origin and at present very wide spread among the Andean peoples. Huayno adopts diverse forms, according to the local or regional traditions and in certain forms it represents the popular adherence to the culture of the land. Huayno is an excellent example of typical Andean dance.


The dance begins with the man offering his right arm to the women as an invitation for her to dance. Alternatively, he puts his handkerchief on the shoulder of the woman. Next, the partners walk along an enclosure, and finally they dance. The dance consists of an agile and vigorous stamping of the feet during which the man follows the woman, opposite to front, touching her with his shoulders after having turned around, and only occasionally he touches his right arm to the left hand of his partner while both swing to the rhythm of the music. His movements are happy and roguish.

Notable examples

"El Condor Pasa" by Daniel Alomia Robles

"Virgenes del Sol" by Jorge Bravo de Rueda

"Adios pueblo de Ayacucho"

"Flor de Retama"


"Al compas de la Guitarra" by Jilguero del Huascaran

"Bendita las madres" by Jilguero del Huascaran and Elena Saray

"Pio Pio" by Amanda Robles

External links

Music from the Andes and Nearby Regions

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