Luzmila Carpio is a South American legend. Singing since the mid 1960’s, her pristine falsetto vocals and folkloric stories are often set to Andean stringed instruments and meandering rhythms that take listeners on journeys through the history of her ancestors in the Andes Mountains. Born and raised in Bolivia, Carpio was often exposed to the stories and traditional songs of her people. She quickly made a name for herself as a vocalist around her country, eventually switching from singing in Spanish to singing in Quechua, a traditional language of the Andes people thought to be more than 2,000 years old.
Over the span of her career — including time as Bolivia’s ambassador to France from 2006-2010 — Carpio has released more than 25 albums, gaining notoriety for her focus on preserving the indigenous traditions and language of her culture. In 2015, Rolling Stone named her album, Yuyay Jap’Ina Tapes, one of the 10 best Latin albums of 2015, and praised her EP released by Marmoset label partner, ZZK Records. ZZK’s collaboration with Carpio features her lauded songs remixed by ZZK artists, creating an absorbing mixture of beautifully soaring vocals and creative electronic flourishes. We’re happy to host a piece of Carpio’s vital and relevant discography on our roster, offering a glimpse into ancient stories turned modern.