Apparently there’s a musical movement in Peru called Qpop
It emulates the aesthetics and musical styles of K-pop, but it’s done by indigenous Quechua speakers
In an added twist the biggest band’s lead singer is named *Lenin* Tamayo
— Andrés Pertierra (@ASPertierra) August 24, 2023
Global global music! Yes, it’s real, per the AP — “Q-Pop: Peru’s social media phenomenon Lenin Tamayo fuses Quechua and K-pop”:
Ask Lenin Tamayo, who has become a social media phenomenon with “Q-pop” and released his first digital album this week.
Tamayo grew up listening to his mother, a Peruvian folk artist who sings in Spanish and Quechua, a language shared by 10 million speakers in countries including Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. As a teenager, K-pop became his passion and helped him find a group of like-minded female classmates who helped fight the bullying he says he faced at school for his Indigenous looks.
Now himself a musician, the 23-year-old Tamayo has fused those chapters, mixing Spanish and Quechua lyrics with K-pop beats to create Q-pop (in which the “Q” stands for “Quechua”). He’s amassed more than 4.4 million likes on his TikTok account and released five digital singles online…
Also political protest music:
"HERE HE AM!" ??@RandyRainbow is a wicked wit, an unparalleled musical master of parody & a national treasure, full stop. Every time I think he can't top himself, he does it AGAIN.#TherapeuticHilarity ?????? https://t.co/3FM6u5wQR7
— Mark Hamill (@MarkHamill) August 22, 2023
(Randy Rainbow, on tour this fall.)
Another twist in the latest musical ‘Culture War’ kerfuffle…
Rich men North of Richmond singer says “it’s aggravating seeing people on conservative news try to identify with me like I’m one of them.”
He says it’s funny they used it in the GOP debate because “I wrote that song about them.” pic.twitter.com/jlzoEDSs4p
— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) August 25, 2023
conservatives got a hold of a clip of the astroturfed country song guy saying america is a "melting pot" and now he's fucking cancelled. also potentially a cia agent pic.twitter.com/sZSafwt5bo
— america's lounge singer (@KrangTNelson) August 22, 2023
A folk musicians fans haven’t been this disappointed since Dylan did his electric set at Newport https://t.co/oOEWYDIsU5
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) August 26, 2023
Since there’s a lot of my fellow Old Folkies here — Billy Bragg remains indefatigable.
Since I saw that clip of Oliver Anthony singing 'Rich Men North of Richmond', the ghost of Woody Guthrie has been whispering in my ear. So today I sat down and wrote this response https://t.co/IVLTTJrXCo
— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) August 20, 2023