RADIOKIJADA, a codename to unravel: on the one side is radio transporting waves of sound as well as radiology, making it possible to see inside ourselves. On the other, the ‘quijada’, the skeleton of the lower jaw of a donkey which the African slaves of Peru reinvented as a percussion instrument. Musically, it’s about reinterpreting a rural tradition with the tools of modern technology: fusing ‘art brut’ and digital loops to jump from the past straight into the future.
The two Radiokijada conceptualists, Rodolfo Muñoz und Christoph H.Müller, met in Paris in the early nineties. The first is Peruvian, a percussionist educated in the Conservatory of Havannah where he studied for almost a decade. The second is Swiss, co-composer and “man-machine” of Gotan Project. Their paths separated after having briefly played together in a Latin Jazz band, until an idea reunited them in Paris at the beginning of the new millennium: to bring Afro-Peruvian music to the world’s attention and interpret it in a new way.