MESTIZO MANTA is a group of Peruvian musicians that joined to expose and
cultivate Andean music in the New England area.
The group was formed in 1994 and to this date most of its original members still play
together. Pablo Mantilla, also a native from Peru, is the newest member
since the summer of 2002.
Mestizo Manta interprets different styles of music from each Andean nation. San Juanitos
from Ecuador, Huaynos from Peru, cumbias from Colombia, sikuris and tinkus from Bolivia and many other Latin American folk
Their melodies are performed on native instruments such as the quena (indian flute), the
zamponas (panpipes), bombo/Tinya (drums), shacshas (seeds)
and palo de lluvia (rain sticks).
Also, the charango (a little guitar with five double strings born in the Andes), blended
with european instruments such as the acustic guitar, mandolin and violin