On the first of November the cajón drum will be officially recognized as a Peruvian instrument. The Organization of American States (OAS) headquarters in Washington will do the honors.
The Afro-Peruvian cajón is an instrument introduced by slave musicians in the Spanish colonial Americas. In Peru, to be exact. The sound is typical for Peruvian creole music and in international music genres such as gypsy flamenco.
Diana Alvarez-Calderon, Peru’s Culture Minister, and Juan Jimenez, permanent Representative of Peru to the OAS, say this honor is a chance to pay tribute to Rafael Santa Cruz (1960-2014), a musician, actor and culture promoter, for his contribution to the Afro-Peruvian music. Also, Peruvian singer Jose Escajadillo, who composed more than 600 waltzes, will be honored as songwriter of the Americas.