Ale Hop & Laura Robles present Agua Dulce
Alejandra Cárdenas, or Ale Hop, and Laura Robles grew up houses apart in Lima, Peru, without ever meeting each other; now, the two musicians, currently based in Berlin, are presenting ‘Agua Dulce’, their first release together, named after their childhood beach. Their work together, both on record and live, is a radical deconstruction of the traditional rhythms of the Peruvian coast. The two musicians’ performance lies on a foundation informed by decolonialism and organology; they make the cajón, a percussion instrument that the Black slaves created from wooden fruit boxes, their joint work’s nucleus. ‘Nothing short of amazing’, as per The Wire.
Photography by Kasia Zacharko