Closer to the Sun: Quixosis with Malafama – Inti Raymi Special ‐ Worldwide FM

Closer to the Sun: Quixosis with Malafama – Inti Raymi Special


The Inti Raymi, also known as the San Juan, is a celebration of solstice and harvest and is the festival of the SUN where Indigenous communities come together in massive gatherings to celebrate with food, dance and music.

In cultures with solar religions, Quito and the surrounding regions including Caranqui were considered sacred due to their proximity to the sun, which made the inti raymi and equinoccial events particularly special. The dances of the inti raymi are trance inducing, and immersive, with spirals of musicians and dancers encircling each other while stomping their feet in what we call “zapateo”. people drink fruit wines and hard liquors like pajaro azul, and the vibe is intense and cathartic. Inti Raymi marks the end and beginning. it is a cycle of renewal and release.

This year, for the first time in history, the dances have been called off due to the pandemic. So here is Quixosis sharing some radio wave Zapateo with the world.

Esteban Farinango AKA Malafama will be here to orient us all around the stories, feelings, and the music of the inti raymi with a selection of rare field recordings from the llaquiglla catalog, and sound from the first indigenous full length feature film recorded in 2017 by Rupai Comunicaciones.

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