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Andean New Age (music) is a product of Peruvian flute and Paraguayan harp music. The Peruvian roots stem from the Inca (Inka) influence circa 1200-1532 CE. In Peru, two important flutes are used: The queña, a flute much like the common recorder; and the sampona, a pan flute. The Paracas culture, located south of Lima, created this pan flute some time between 200 BCE and 300 CE. The Paraguayan harp is similar both in looks and sound to the Irish celtic harp. This article pertains to the musical instrument. ... The harp is a chordophone whose strings are positioned perpendicular to the soundboard. ... For other meanings of Inca, see Inca (disambiguation). ... Lima is the capital and largest city in Peru. ...

Although the genres of both Peruvian and Paraguayan traditional music have a modern "New Age" sound, they are actually very ancient forms of music. The modalities of this music can be traced back over two thousand years. New Age describes a broad movement characterized by alternative approaches to traditional Western culture. ...

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