Many years ago, I traveled and lived in many of the capitals of Europe. During these years, there were certain commonalities that I noticed in the street performers. One in particular was the ubiquitous presence of the Peruvian (or Bolivian) wool poncho wearing, pan flute playing band. No matter where I was, they were there, hawking their CDs and playing their pan flutes. I had forgotten that they originated here in the Andes, but lucky for me (not) they are ALL over Cusco, usually playing alone in a restaurant. And the fascinating thing is that when they are not playing, the music that is invariably put on the sound system is in the same pan flute / guitar strumming style, except they are interpretations of the worst atrocities of western pop music, notably Lionel (say you, say me) and Celine (heart will go on) and the like.