Rare Peruvian instruments to be donated to National Music Museum

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota will host Guido F. Loayza, the Consul General of Peru, at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30. Loayza is donating two musical instruments to the National Music Museum on behalf of the Peruvian government.

The two instruments, a cajon and a cajita, were made by the Peruvian company, A Tiempo de Percusion Eirl, and are a gift of the Peruvian government to the Vermillion museum.

This event is the culmination of more than a year of communication between the National Music Museum and the Peruvian consulate.  During the spring of 2010, Ricardo Malca, the deputy consul of Peru from Washington, D.C., visited the National Music Museum and was impressed with the museum’s collections. At that time, he learned from museum staff that the NMM did not have examples of these two instruments, which are prominently featured in Afro-Peruvian jazz. Subsequently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru shipped examples of these instruments to the Denver consulate for presentation to the NMM.

Loayza will present the percussion instruments to representatives of the NMM at the conclusion of the NMM's weekly Brown Bag Lunch Program.  The event is free and open to the public. Additionally, the Consul General of Peru will also meet with USD students and faculty in the departments of Spanish and Anthropology while visiting the USD campus. For more information, please contact Margaret (Peggy) Downie Banks, Interim Executive Director, National Music Museum, (605) 677-5306 or email: Margaret.Banks@usd.edu

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