Lando is an Afro-Peruvian form of music in the musica criolla genre. Its unique sound had been likened to the American blues genre.
Lando developed from a dance in Angola called londu that came with slaves when they arrived in Brazil. Even today, in Brazil, the Angolan influenced londo is played. Hence, the Lando is a mix of both Spanish and African rhythms. It features a slower tempo and call and response vocalization. The signature instrument of the Lando is the cajon, a box-like drum. This instrument was improvised by West Africans after they were taken to South America without instruments or other possessions.
The Lando is still a very popular musical style in Peru. Peruvian musician Eva Ayllon is one of its most popular performers along, with the band Peru Negro.
The basic rhythm of Lando is a two-bar figure, played on the cajon :B . F . B B | . F B . F B ...or, alternatively: B . F . B B | . F . F . B
This pattern is closely related to a bell pattern found in many African-based rhythms :L . H . H H | . H . H . H
However, another pattern for the hand bell is often favoured:
H H H . H H | H . H H H .
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