Singles From 1970-1980



Cat Nº: FANT002


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In the Andes of Peru, in a valley formed by the Huallaga River, lies the city of Huanuco. There, a little over fifty years ago, the emblematic cumbia band Los Darlings de Hua’nuco was born, and since then their compositions have gone around the world, bringing their homeland to the ears of music lovers and collectors. Adversities kept them away from music for two decades, but in spite of this, they marked a parallel path and created their own history in the maximum splendor of Peruvian cumbia.
A little more than seventy years ago, in that land of mountains and starry skies at almost 2,000 meters above sea level, Juan Na’jera was born. A multifaceted musician by profession, he did not always have the privilege of being able to dedicate his life to music. For almost ten years he ran a family hardware store in Hua’nuco and then a mechanic shop on La Marina Avenue in Lima. He was also a truck driver. A decade of military dictatorships in Latin America made the artist’s path very hard in the region, and Peru was no exception. Na’jera was only nineteen when his first son was born. He had to make a living and the possibilities for entrepreneurship were slim. But if we go back in history, Juan Na’jera was, first and foremost, a boy who dreamed of becoming a musician. Later, he was a boy who made it.
Los Darlings de Hua’nuco managed to cross borders, not only in the capital of Peru, but also abroad. There are many collectors and music lovers around the world who seek and appreciate their songs, musical gems that have toured different latitudes and have managed to position this band from the Peruvian countryside in the most remote places on the planet. In a country characterized by its centralism, where opportunities in the countryside are much scarcer than in the capital, where the foreigner is greeted with more warmth than the local, and where getting ahead, especially in the musical field, implies an extraordinary effort, Los Darlings de Hua’nuco managed to take their sound to where they never thought it would be possible. From the Andes to the skyscrapers, from the heart of Hua’nuco to the immensity of other continents.