I came across the Peruvian duo Kanaku y El Tigre, whose label describes them as Peruvian “psychedelic indie-folk beatniks”, via this interview last week in Afropop Worldwide with Nico Saba, one half of the duo. More evidence that Afropop never disappoints.
He and bandmate Bruno Bellatín began their musical journey in a Lima punk bank in their early teens. As they explored what direction to pursue next, they discovered that the only album they held a common affinity for was Paul Simon’s “Graceland”. That somewhat unlikely post-punk connection eventually led to a partnership that’s progressed since 2008.
“Si Te Mueres Manaña”, or “If You Die Tomorrow”, which was released on May 18, “Is a reminiscence of adolescent anxiety and that feeling of fucking just doing whatever it is you want to do at that moment, because that is the most important thing that you want to do,” Saba told Afropop’s correspondent Katherine Cohen.
“Whether it’s just jumping off the hill from a skateboard, or moving to a different country, or coming out of the closet, or going out of a bad relationship, out of, you know, whatever, man. Because everything that you really want, that you desire, everything you really you long for, is something that is difficult to get. Because if it wasn’t then you would have it. So that longing is also an element in this melancholy trip.”
It’s a great conversation, check it out.