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Inti Watana - El Retorno del Sol

by Luzmila Carpio

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Kacharpayita 03:41
Hacia la luz 01:55
El Retorno del Sol Tata Inti, illa illariy Tata Inti, k’aya kama Qanta suyasqayku Kutimunaykita (Bis) Tata Inti watasun Quri warak’awan (Bis) Inti Tata quri paraq K’ancharimunampaq (Bis) Tata Inti, Tatay Khapaq raymi kanki (Bis) Sunquykuta jampiykamuy Lliphiririchimuy (Bis) Illa illariy ay Illariy Illa illariy illarimuy (Tata Inti) Illa illariy illarimuy Illa illariy illarimuy..(Tata Inti) Tata Inti watasun.. Padre Sol, Divinidad, irradia, resplandece! Padre Sol, hasta mañana.. Te esperamos a Ti Tu vuelta, tu retorno (Bis) Amarremos a Padre Sol Con onda tejida de hilos de oro (Bis) Sol padre lluvia de luz dorada Para que nos ilumine siempre (Bis) Padre Sol Divinidad (Padre Mayor) Eres una fiesta fecunda (Bis) Cura nuestros corazones Con tus destellos brillantes (Bis) Divinidad fulgurante, irradia, resplandece ! Divinidad fulgurante resplandece (Padre Sol) Divinidad fulgurante resplandece Divinidad fulgurante resplandece (Padre Sol). ENGLISH The Return of the Sun Father Sun, Divinity, radiate, shine! Father Sun, until tomorrow. We’ll wait for you Your return, your return (repeat) We’ll tie up Father Sun With a wave woven from golden thread (repeat) Sun father rain of golden light To illuminate us always (repeat) Father Sun Divinity (Great Father) You are a fertile feast (repeat) Cure our hearts With your brilliant sparkles (repeat) Bright divinity, radiate, shine! Bright divinity shine (Father Sun) Bright divinity shine Bright divinity shine (Father Sun).


ZZK Records Presents: Luzmila Carpio’s Inti Watana:
El Retorno del Sol

The iconic voice of Luzmila Carpio rings out from the Andes, spreading messages of indigenous struggle, female empowerment and unceasing love for both the people and planet around us. An undeniable icon of Bolivian Andean culture whose career spans multiple decades, Luzmila has released more than 25 albums (there’s a reason that Rolling Stone described her as”one of the most prolific indigenous singers of South America”), inspiring millions while singing in both her native Aymara-Quechua language and Spanish.

Yet Luzmila Carpio isn’t someone who’s content to simply rest on her laurels; she continues to take risks—and push her music into vibrant new soundworlds. On new album Inti Watana: El Retorno del Sol (her first LP in a decade), she’s teamed up with Argentinian producer Leonardo Martinelli (a.k.a. Tremor), a ZZK veteran who’s spent the bulk of his career finding the common ground between Latin American folk rhythms and modern electronics. Building off the momentum created by 2015’s Luzmila Carpio Meets ZZK collection—in which her music was reworked by not only Tremor, but standout electronic artists like Nicola Cruz, Chancha Vía Circuito and El Búho—this new album is meant to stretch across genres, generations and continents, with Luzmila’s sonorous, occasionally birdsong-inspired vocalizations gracefully gliding amongst ambient textures, programmed beats and (of course) a bevy of traditional instrumentation from around the globe. Over the course of the LP, Bolivian charangos and quenas sit comfortably alongside the sounds of harmonium, violin, acoustic and electric guitar, Argentinian bombo leguero and sacha guitar, Armenian duduk and a litany of Asian percussion.

Inti Watana: El Retorno del Sol—which will be accompanied by a full length documentary—might not sound like previous Luzmila Carpio releases, but on a spiritual, political and lyrical level, her core values remain unchanged. A native of Bolivia’s Potosí region, she’s long been a beacon for indigenous communities in not just her home country, but throughout Latin America, her voice inspiring joy and pride amongst ancient peoples whose culture and inherent beauty are often overlooked. Her pursuit of music—a field traditionally dominated by men in Andean communities—long ago made her a pillar of women’s empowerment, but Carpio has also been a vocal proponent for social change, using her influence to advocate not just for the rights of women, but for the protection and increased visibility of all indigenous people. Yet it’s the planet itself that Carpio is most passionate about, and she’s devoted much of her new album to conversations with Mother Earth and Father Sun, whom she refers to as Pachamama and Tata Inti. In a time of acute environmental turmoil, it’s more important than ever to find harmony with our surroundings, and Carpio has purposely planned for the unveiling of her new LP to coincide with the June 21 solstice, while the record’s release date falls on September 21—the date of the September equinox.

There 's an ancient magic flowing through Carpio’s music, one forged through millennia of ceremony, ritual and communion with nature. On Inti Watana: El Retorno del Sol, that magic feels more vibrant than ever before, whether she’s joyously referencing sacred traditions (“Kacharpayita”), pondering loss and regret (“Requiem para un Ego”), talking to birds (“Ofrenda de los Pájaros”) or paying tribute to the divinity of the natural world (“La Alegría del Gran Venado”). Through it all, Carpio exudes a palpable sense of wonder, her optimism (and reverence for all that exists beyond the everyday) undimmed by even the most seemingly insurmountable challenges. Pachamama and Tata Inti may be the central characters of Inti Watana: El Retorno del Sol, but it 's Carpio herself who emerges as the album 's most inspiring figure.

Inti Watana: El Retorno del Sol will be released on September 21st on ZZK Records.


released September 21, 2023

All songs written and composed by Luzmila Carpio
Produced by Leonardo Martinelli

Vocals, BGVs by Luzmila Carpio
Electric and acoustic guitar, piano, drum programming, Andean percussions and flutes, Synths by Leonardo Martinelli
Violin by Alex Musatov

All songs recorded at Zar Estudio - Buenos Aires - Argentina
Sound Engineered by Natalia Perelman
Assisted by Pitu Staffolani
Studio Management by Miguel Zagorodny
Production Assistance by Matías Staffolani

All songs Mixed by Andrés Oddone at Bugambilia Estudio, CDMX, Mexico.
Master Engineered by Sebastian Cordoves at Cuarto Eléctrico, Berlin, Germany.

Mixing and Mastering in Dolby ATMOS by Andrés Mayo at Andrés Mayo Mastering & Audio Post, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Cover Artwork and Graphic Design by Sirio Alvante
Album Photo by Nora Lezano
Wardrobe by Maria Lee (Panorama)

Executive Producer: Grant C. Dull
Label Managers: Matt Mansfield & Dat Garcia

Executive Producer: Joel Flores Carpio
Legal: Marc-Olivier Deblanc, Barnett Paris


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Luzmila Carpio Potosi, Bolivia

Luzmila Carpio is a Bolivian singer, songwriter, composer, record producer, and actress of Quechuan origin who for over half a century has spread ancestral Andean knowledge and music all over the world. Her music transmits sensitivity towards the earth, respect for Latin American indigenous traditions and vindicating the role of women in our society. ... more

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