Biography All Music Guide
All Music Guide:
Performing on 19 instruments, Los Calchakis has expanded on the Spanish-Incan musical traditions of the Andes Mountains. Led by lyricist, vocalist, flute, and percussion player Hector Miranda, the Buenos Aires-based quintet has been one of Argentina's most heralded bands. The group received a prestigious award from the Academy Charles Cros in 1971 and performed the Mikis Theodorakis-penned soundtrack of Costa-Gravas' film State of Seige. Although they remain rooted in traditional music, Los Calchakis focuses almost exclusively on original material. Their lengthy list of hits include such tunes as "Eldorado," "Mundo Nuevo," "Hombre Libre," and "Puerto de Palos."