Peru’s Korean-pop revolution in Quechua, ‘Q-pop’

LIMA — Lenin Tamayo, named after the leader of the Russian Revolution, is taking on Peru’s music scene with a new genre that resembles South Korean pop music but with songs in Quechua, the language of the Incas.

Tamayo grew up speaking Quechua at home in the capital Lima and has received at least 4 million virtual hearts on TikTok in response to his tracks that fuse Korean beats with Andean folklore.

But the 23-year-old is less concerned about social media metrics. Instead, he is striving to tackle discrimination through music and bring attention to the importance of the South American country’s ancestral past.

“My music had to embrace my origins strongly,” the singer told…

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