ECHOES OF THE MOUNTAIN
Musician and Composer of Aymara origin, he was born on May 20th, 1968 in Tolavilque, Gualberto Villarroel Province of the department of La Paz in Bolivia. His parents are Victor Mamani and Juana HIlaquita. At the age of eight he was forced to settle down in the city of La Paz looking for a better life quality and conditions, that is why he shared very little time with his parents during his childhood, remaining under his older brothers‘ responsability who took care of him.
Deep in his roots arose the great interest in making music and, in the search of the feeling and thoughts about it, he met people who influenced him. His first referent was his brother-in-law Takaatsu Kinoshita, at that time Zenobia Mamani’s husband. Takaatsu introduced Braulio to Fernando Jiménez, an extraordinary musician, winner of the Golden Zampoña in Bolivia, an important person in his story. Once, in his sixteen birthday, he gave Braulio a set of panpipes made by himself, as a gift. This moving action marked Braulio‘s life and he decided to execute wind instruments, becoming up to now one of the best world interpreters of the Sikus in their different varieties, performing them with quality and warmth.
His musical career reflects his roots and cultural values which he inherited from his ancestors, which he transmits with deep feeling, courage and bravery. Crossing new horizons and getting to know other cultures has allowed him to transcend as a musician and composer, showing proudly his origin through music, demonstrating that each melody performed is the evocation of his own culture, its spirituality and its connection with the cosmos.
He started his career with the Llajta group, in the Naira peña in the city of La Paz, later they participated in the “XXIII Lauro Festival of the Bolivian Song” in the city of Cochabamba. It was then, when destiny called him to explore new territorial spaces, new avenues of expression where to release the musical talent in his mind and spirit and together, with the folk group KAPULLAY, in 1988 they began their first trip abroad to Chile and months later, a new route opened its way to Japan, the country of the Rising Sun.
The trips became more frequent, in 1991 he joined the Flor de Tani Tani group, participating in the International Festival MEMORIAL DAS AMERICA LATINA, Brazil. He travelled through countries such as Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, Peru, before going to the old continent, to Finland, where he participated in Summer festivals such as: Kaustinen, Folk Music Festival, Pori Jazz; Kotka Maritime Festival among others. And later, he went to Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Canada etc.
In 1994 he was called by a filming agency to participate in an adventure film (Awantura or Basie) in Poland. It lasted two weeks and this key event allowed him to reside in that country, becoming his second home after his beloved Bolivia. On July 16, 1996 in the City of Warsaw, in honor of the anniversary of his native land La Paz, he founded his first musical group “EL SIKURI”, named after the executor‘s effort and dedication of this magnificent wind instrument, making multiple records as a soloist and as a group.
He has a broad repertoire standing out musical genres such as: Latin American Music, Andean Music, Meditation Music, Native American Music, Romantic Melodies performed with the magical sounds of the Pan Flute, Quenas and Zampoñas. This way he has reached the heart of an exceptional audience who feels and vibrates with these sounds. All this musical variety can be appreciated in his discography through social networks and web pages.
Currently Braulio Mamani lives in Germany – Berlin, he is a member of the project “EL DORADO ORCHESTRA”, project “SHAYMANI“ that, through created melodies, contrasts with different art forms, such as: commercials, movies, theaters, etc. He is always taking his music and culture with proud, performing the indigenous Andean instruments in the XXI century around different countries of America, Europe and Asia.