Pena 2

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Last April, Secret Stash traveled to Lima and assembled an ensemble to help document Afro-Peruvian music. The group was called Peña (a meeting place or grouping of artists/musicians) and their first album was released in October ’10. The self-titled effort’s 17 tracks displayed the different styles within the genre and was accompanied by a documentary DVD, packaged in a wooden box. The album received critical praise from NPR Music, PRI’s The World, All Music, Blurt, Afropop, etc. and landed on many year end lists. Due to the warm reception, we didn’t want to stop with one album. Secret Stash recorded over 50 tracks during the week-long visit to Lima. We have carefully hand-picked more gems from those sessions, mixed and mastered them, all for another collection of Afro-Peruvian music.

Why release two separate volumes? Because when we got back from Lima last year, we sat down and divided up the recordings into two excellent collections that stood well on their own. It drove us nuts to hold back some of our favorite recordings for Volume 2. Due to the reception of the first volume, we knew it was time to release the rest of the tracks. In fact, we think we may like volume 2 a bit more than volume 1! With such a vast collection of recordings, it can be a bit overwhelming to digest it in one album. Great tracks have the potential to be overlooked and can get lost in the shuffle. This way, each track is likely to get a bit more attention from people.

We at Secret Stash Records primarily put out vinyl only releases, and we are constantly trying new ways to package them. For the first Peña, we put out our first CD and hand assembled wooden box packaging. This time around, we opted for a digital only release. We don’t feel that this album is “vinyl-centric,” and to be perfectly blunt, we just don’t like CDs. We released Volume 1 on CD, but we think downloads will be the best way to release Volume 2. You can download Peña from our website as an MP3 , WAV, or Apple Lossless/AAC all for the same price!