DAMARIS & SAYWA Promotes Peruvian Music in Beijing
The Embassy of Republic of Peru in China hosted a cocktail party on April 27 to promote Damaris & Saywa, a Peruvian music group. Fifteen media institutions, including CCTV-NEWS, CCTVEspañol, China Daily, China Today, Beijing This Month Publications, Xinhua, and China Radio International, took part in the party. The music group was named after two artists, mother Saywa and her daughter Damaris. During the party, they presented an improvised performance in Spanish and Quechua and accepted interviews.
Juan Carlos Capuñay, ambassador of the Peru to China, attended the party. He praised and recognised the contributions Damaris and Saywa have made in popularising traditional Peruvian music and illustrated the similarities in performing Peruvian Andes music and traditional Chinese music.
Damaris and Saywa have been dedicated to combining traditional Peruvian music with modern music. They are particularly skilled in solo. Saywa has been engaged in music work for 35 years and is renowned both at home and overseas. Damaris is both a singer and composer and she was the champion of 2008 Viña del Mar International Festival. Her album Mil Caminos was nominated as the “Latin Grammy Best Folk Album.” In 2011, Damaris assumed the role as an ambassador of Peru to promote Peruvian music internationally.
Damaris and Saywa accepted the invitation from the Organising Committee of 2017 Meet in Beijing Arts Festival and gave two performances on April 29 and 30. It was the first time they visited China and they were honoured to perform at a prestigious arts festival.