Framed by snow-capped peaks, La Paz is the largest city of landlocked Bolivia and the strength of the indigenous culture makes it an ideal home for the country's music industry. Bolivia is the birthplace of the conjunto folklórico - a modern marriage of European string instruments and Andean flutes - and home to the rich musical wealth of nueva canción, taquirari and the striking rhythms of the Bolivian Carnival. Featuring many tracks sourced from local companies, The Rough Guide To The Music Of The Andes: Bolivia places the original architects of the Bolivian sound alongside the modern artists of today.
**** (four stars) 'Excellent primer of folklorico history.' Songlines