As our Zoom call ends, she looks back on the Spanish conquistadors who colonized all throughout Latin America — and the instruments left behind by them like the guitar, violin, and harp, which were later added into Peru’s traditional music. “Our traditional music is already influenced by Spanish music, starting with the guitar, an instrument created in Europe. So why can’t we keep experimenting,” she asks. “All the good that our ancestors left us should be rescued, and that also has to do with music. However, we must adapt to new trends. Otherwise, traditional music won’t be able to evolve.” As Flores Rivera’s musical act of resistance proves: evolution and preservation can happen interchangeably — and make the difference.
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