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The Flight of the Condor

Tuesday, November 27, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Evangeline Mee
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Valdimar Tr. Hafstein—folklorist, UNESCO delegate, and author of Making Intangible Heritage: El Condor Pasa and Other Stories from UNESCO—made a short film on the story of the Andean folk song "El Condor Pasa." This new 30-minute documentary film (first prescreened as work in progress at the AFS 2017 Annual Meeting) is now available as a free educational resource in Open Access on this website.

The Flight of the Condor traces the global circulation of the melody “El Condor Pasa”: from the Andes mountains to global metropoles; from Lima to Paris to New York, and back; from panpipes to piano and from symphony orchestras to the disco; from indigenous to popular music; and from world music back to national heritage. Some of the protagonists are: Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Daniel Alomía Robles, Alan Lomax, Los Incas, the Cerro de Pasco Copper Company, the Victor Talking Machine Corporation, the Falangist Socialist Party of Bolivia, Chuck Berry, NASA, WIPO, and UNESCO


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