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Paul Mauriat Visit to Lima - 1981


                            Material kindly provided by   José Peñaloza


Mauriat has recorded Los Balseros del Titicaca

    The musician and composer Jorge Huirse made public gratitude to the French conductor and composer Paul Mauriat for recording the Peruvian song "Balseros del Titicaca" (The Rafters of Titicaca).

   "I want to express my satisfaction because such orchestra conductor has recorded the huayno of my inspiration that was originally recorded by "Odeon" in December 1944. It was sung by Javier Gonzales with accompaniment of my orchestra. That happened in Buenos Aires, told Jorge Huirse.

   The well-known Peruvian musician, added that 'Balseros del Titicaca' was also recorded in the voice of "Wara Wara" in the LP "Mi Perú" [My Peru] for Sono Radio, in 1961. This record still has good sales until now", claimed Huirse.

   On his part, Paul Mauriat said, "I have turned into a recording the song "Balseros de Titicaca" of the Peruvian Jorge Huirse, because it had that natural freshness of the Andean landscape. I did some arrangements to this song. In the same way, he praised the song "El Condor Pasa" that he ignored it was of Peruvian authorship.


Notes of the Translator:

- Balseros is indeed a Rafter but made of "totora", a material also used in the north seas of Peru, along the shores of the Ocean Pacific in Trujillo. The Balseros in Titicaca, are a population of an old tribe called the Uros, that live in Titicaca Lake, in the border of Puno in Peru and Bolivia.
- Huayno is a Andean Peruvian style of dance and music, very popular among Andean towns.
- "El Condor Pasa" was made world-wide in the voice of Simon and Garfunkel that penned it as Traditional theme, but after a long court claimed by the composer's son, movie director Armando Robles Godoy, the later recordings of this song by Simon & Garfunkel appears under the real composer's credit: Daniel Alomias Robles. But initially, El Condor Pasa was part of a zarzuela (spanish form of  light opera or operetta) in 1913.