Los Kjarkas is a Bolivian band from the Capinota province in the department of Cochabamba, and one of the most popular Andean folk music bands in the country’s history. Among the styles they play are Saya, tuntuna, huayño, and carnavales. The instruments they use include the charango,quena, zampona, ronroco, guitar, and bombo.
Kjarkas have founded two schools teaching Andean folk music: the Musical School of Kjarkas (Lima, Peru) and La Fundación Kjarkas (Ecuador). They have toured across Japan, Europe, Scandinavia, the United States, South America, and Australia, and have composed over 350 songs. Among their most popular are “Emillitay”, “El Final”, “Canto a la mujer de mi pueblo”, and “Pequeno Amor”.
An unauthorized translation of their song “Llorando se fue” by French producers Jean Karakos and Olivier Lorsac resulted in Kaoma‘s hit “Lambada“. After a successful lawsuit, Kaoma paid to licensed the song. The song was also sampled on Don Omar‘s “Taboo” and on Jennifer Lopez‘s single “On the Floor“.
The group’s music was also used for the Argentine-Dutch film Bolivia (2001).