About The Music

“A Musical Extravaganza with over 100 song selections!"


Musical Categories: Andean • Latin • Folk • World

Since 1995, TINKU's specialty consists of delighting audiences with a musical extravaganza; performing 100% live music with authentic native instruments. TINKU's music represents international songs from more than 12 different countries while highlighting over 19musical rhythms from throughout Latin America and beyond. TINKU is atraveling band based in California. Its youngest artists, Isaac and Josue are alumni of the San Diego Youth Symphony. Collectively, TINKU's musicians haveapproximately 30 years of experience in this specialty field. TINKU 's ensembles consist of a One Man Band, Duo or Group acts to suit yourspecial needs.

Artists & Instrumentation:

TINKU's musicians are recording artists and multi-instrumentalists. It's members include Francisco Astudillo, Josue Astudillo, Isaac Astudillo and other supporting artists. Francisco Astudillo is the Founder & Director of TINKU and Founder & Producer of TINKU RECORDS. Francisco provides Lead Vocals plus Strings (Acoustic Guitar, Requinto, 12 String Guitar, Charango, Ronroco, Ukelele); and Winds (Zampoña, Antara, Rondador, Toyos, Quena, Quenacho & others). Josue Astudillo plays the Electric Bass, Percussions and now also Guitar. Isaac Astudillo performs Percussions: an Andean drum called "Bombo" and a Peruvian drum named "Cajon". Isaac also performs other percussions like the Chajchas (Andean Maracas); theHigh-Hats; Cymballs, and "Palo de Lluvia" or Rainstick. Isaac is nowalso performing the Guitar. TINKU highlights the unique sounds ofthe South American string, percussion and wind instruments; the latter known as Panpipes or sometimes referred to as Panflutes. 

Over 300 Shows per Year:

If your event requires live   music, we have a great selection of rhythms to cover your needs. We tailor to Arts& music Festivals; Concert Series; Parent Night;  Cultural/Multicultural Fairs; Weddings; Anniversaries; Birthdays;  Graduations; Corporate events; Resort & Restaurant entertainment.  You name it, we can create a great selection of melodies for your event.  

Specialty Acts

TINKU's music ranges from Traditional Andean/Inca music; to Mexican classics and Latin favorites; from World Folk to Instrumental Melodies & Holiday tunes from around the world including "Villancicos" (Latin carols) as well as some Covers.


 12+ COUNTRIES: México, Cuba, Puerto Rico & South America among others. Over 19 MUSICAL RHYTHMS: Bolero,   Chacarera, Candombe, Carnavalito, Chuntunky, Cumbia, Huajira, Huapango,  Joropo, Marcha, Ranchero, Rumba, Samba, San  Juanito, Saya, Trote,  Tinku, Valz, Jaravi and more!

Performance Overview: 

TINKU   has entertained thousands at colleges & universities; theme& amusement parks; libraries; restaurants; shopping centers;  TV/Radio; organizations; schools; private events and corporateengagements. TINKU has also performed at the San Diego Zoo & at the San Diego Wild Animal Park for 5 consecutive summers (now San Diego Zoo SAFARI park); at Seaworld California; at Old Town State Historic Park since 1995; at the Superbowl XXXVII tailgate events; with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra at theSummer Pops Concerts; and at the Balboa Park Twilight Summer Concerts within others.


TINKU counts with six professional recordings.
CIELITO LINDO ...An instrumental CD which combines an ecclectic collection of songs featuring all time favorites like Cielito Lindo, La Paloma and covers like Yesterday, Dust In The Wind, Chiquitita and others; all of which are highlighted with the beautiful sounds of the panpipes...Preview in iTunes!
PEACE ...   An instrumental recording with holiday music from around the worldincluding 'Villancicos' (carols) from Latin America. The musicalarrangements shine with the rhythms and unique sounds of the SouthAmerican wind, percussion and string instruments...Preview in iTunes!
BESAME MUCHO ...   Full of harmonious vocals, CD4 features romantic Boleros (Mexico);  rhythmic Cumbias from Mexico & Colombia; as well as vibrantmelodies. TINKU'S CD4 highljghts melodies like Besame Mucho, Sabor A Mi & Cumbia del Rey...Preview in iTunes!
GUANTANAMERA ...An   instrumental recording that pays tribute to the Latin countries ofBolivia, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Venezuela, Cuba and Mexico. TINKU'S CD 3 has the beautiful melodies of "Tierra Mestiza" from México and"Guantanamera" from Cuba...Review in iTunes!
INSTRUMENTAL ANDEAN MUSIC ... An all inclusive instrumental CD  with songs from Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador. TINKU's CD 2 features "El Condor Pasa"...Preview in iTunes!
MUSIC OF THE ANDES ... A collection of instrumental and vocal songs from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela...Preview in iTunes!

Founder & Mission of TINKU:

TINKU was founded in 1995 by Francisco Astudillo after he combinedthree essential elements: an overwhelming entrepreneurial spirit, a love for his roots, and a passion for music. Guided by these forces, TINKUs'  mission is to introduce the mystical and soothing sounds ofWorld/Latin/Folk music thru professional recordings and live concerts.


Website (Official): www.tinkumusic.com
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Let TINKU be part of your next special event or project and experience an unforgettable musical journey!