Peña Don Porfirio, Barranco

A peña is a place where people come to eat, drink, and, well, be merry while listening to Peruvian folk music. Any venue can become a peña as long as it offers the things listed above. Today in Peru, there are bars that specialize in putting on these events, the most well known of which is Don Porfirio in Lima’s Barranco neighborhood.

The type of music is considered to be folk due to its lyrics and instrumentation and bands are typically made up of at least one guitarist and one percussion player playing the cajón, a wooden box made to produce beautiful rhythmic sounds. The band may often include an additional bongo player and another guitarist and the music itself derives from Peru’s Afro-Peruvian roots.

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