Cultural Ambassador | Singer | 2X Latin Grammy Nominee | Preserving Culture and Creating Social Impact via Music | Forbes 50 Most Creative in Peru | Quechua Advocate | Producer of Music Documentaries

Araceli Poma stands out as one of the most versatile artists, bringing a unique blend of cultural richness and contemporary sound to the vibrant scene. Born and raised in Peru, she has gained recognition as a two-time Latin Grammy nominee for her outstanding contributions.

Her Impact

Araceli’s work is a celebration of Peru’s diverse musical landscape and a tribute to her roots. She passionately advocates for the visibility of women in music, promotes the Quechua language inherited from her grandparents, and rescues the essence of popular genres in Peruvian music. Her art is a bridge that unites and integrates cultures.

Highlighted Achievements

In 2023, Araceli was selected as one of the participating artists in the 2023 Heritage Ambassador program by the Brooklyn Public Library. Additionally, in the years 2022 and 2020, Araceli received Latin Grammy nominations for her album “The Sacred Leaf” and the documentary “The Warrior Women of Afro-Peruvian Music,” respectively. Both productions were carried out by the New York-based label, JUST PLAY. The mentioned documentary addresses issues of racism, sexism, and marginalization through the power of music and the culture of the African diaspora.

Journey in New York

In 2021, Araceli made New York her home, driven by the mission to continue spreading the music of her roots and showcasing Peruvian culture globally. This gave rise to Afro-Andean Funk, a band that Araceli leads alongside American bassist and producer Matt Geragthy.

2023 Release – “Flower on Fire”

In May 2023, Afro-Andean Funk released their second album, “Flower on Fire,” seamlessly fusing Afro-Andean roots with electronic, funk, and global sounds. Showing solidarity with Latin American communities, the album sheds light on voices and cultures at risk of extinction.

Global Impact

Through her music, Araceli Poma transcends borders, actively preserving the Quechua language and fostering connections with diverse indigenous cultures of Latin America in New York City. Her commitment goes beyond the stage, creating a profound social impact and contributing to the recognition and appreciation of indigenous heritage. Embracing her role as a cultural ambassador, Araceli has been recognized by Forbes as one of the 50 Most Creative individuals in Peru. As a Quechua advocate and producer of music documentaries, her work is a powerful testament to the influence of music in preserving culture and generating positive social change.

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