Selvámonos Music Festival in Oxapampa, Peru: August 2011

Here’s something for all you party people out there: if you’re backpacking in Peru in August, check out the upcoming Selvámonos Festival in Oxapampa. The main event will take place on August 13, preceded by various cultural bits and pieces starting on August 8.

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The Selvámonos Festival, Peru: August 13

The Semana Selvámonos kicks off on August 8, with free cultural events taking place each day until August 12. These include theatrical presentations by the Yuyachkani Theatre Group, a classic concert in the local church and free screenings of video documentaries.

Add to that the distinct culture of Oxapampa, an area settled by German immigrants during the mid-1800s, and you have reason enough to head to the very center of Peru for a week of partying.

The main draw, however, is the alternative music festival on August 13. This will be the third installment of the Selvámonos festival, with more than 7,000 partygoers having attended the two previous events.

The music will be an interesting mix of Latin rhythms and modern beats, played by bands with notably colorful names:

  • Bareto: With their fusion of reggae, ska, jazz, cumbia, huayno and more, the numerous members of Bareto play good-time music for good-time crowds.
  • Fiesta Negra: Playing an Afro-Peruvian mix of salsa and jazz.
  • Los Yacks: Another vibrant mix of musical styles, Los Yacks have been doing what they do since 2007.
  • Kanaku y el Tigre: According to the organizers of Selvámonos, Kanaku y el Tigre are enigmatic, unclassifiable, fun, acoustic and organic. Can’t argue with that…
  • Fausto Orquesta: A punchy sound from Lima, mixing elements of jazz, salsa, cumbia and progressive rock with doses of psychedelic improvisation.
  • Fucking Clan: The name says it all. Yep, hip hop.
  • Dengue Dengue Dengue: An audiovisual mix of dub, techno, guaracha, dubstep, tribal beats, Colombian cumbia and more.
Quick Tip:  If traveling to or from Lima Airport, it is strongly recommended to use the luxury Airport Express Lima  bus to get to or from your hotel. Safer and cheaper than a taxi with no baggage limit as well as Free WiFi and USB chargers onboard, it is ideal for travelers.

Selvámonos 2011, Oxapampa, Peru: Further Info

You can find more information about the Selvámonos Festival in Oxapampa, Peru, at the following websites:

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Peruvian fusion at a previous Selvámonos music festival (photo © Selvámonos)

  2 comments for “Selvámonos Music Festival in Oxapampa, Peru: August 2011

  1. October 26, 2011 at 4:20 am

    For Selvamonos fans and Peruvian alternative music & arts lovers, don’t miss the Electro-Selvamonos event on the 11th of December 2011.
    An event full of sun, music and colourful arts with the participation of the most innovative and talented djs of Peru (Felipe Salmon, Dengue Dengue Dengue, Coba Soundsystem de Nova Lima, Miky Gonzalez…), live video performance and arts…

  2. October 29, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Thanks Selvamonos! Sounds like another good event.

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