"Aiding in the preservation of our musical heritage is my family's legacy. We have carefully crafted traditional instruments for generations."
Benito Tito, known to his friends as Tito Peru is an expert at crafting traditional Peruvian musical instruments.
The artist uses a variety of natural materials to make the different instruments, including bamboo reeds, Castilian cane and goat skin. Every instrument he makes is handcrafted with rustic tools. Among the instruments he creates are the zampoña and quena flutes, antara,roncadora,tamasca tambourines, taymuro, and cane ocarinas.
Tito is very keen to preserve Peru's musical traditions. One of his goals is to equip his workshop better tools so he can make more instruments to sell.
"Aiding in the preservation of our musical heritage is my family's legacy. We have carefully crafted traditional instruments for generations. My greatest goal is to best provide for my family, and to send my five children to college," the artist notes.
Tito says, proudly, "I had abandoned this craft for some time, and when I decided to take it up again the first trials resulted in a great waste of material. Eventually it all came back to me and my skills improved so I can say to you, with all assurance, that I am very good at what I do."
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An emblem of the Inca sun god graces this beautiful ronroco guitar by Benito Tito. Similar to the charango but larger, the ronroco with its distinctive shape and sound is a traditional Andean instrument. Tito shapes the piece from pinewood,....read more
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Dionisio Quilla crafts a beautiful quena flute, an instrument dating to the Inca Empire. Quena means "many-holed object" in the Quechua language. It is said to have entranced birds to soar above its player, which may be no wonder given that early....read more
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