13/03/2009

The Roots of Chicha - Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru (2007)

An amazing compilation! Guaranteed: you’ll love Chicha!

«Chicha started out in the late 60’s, in the oil-boom cities of the Peruvian Amazon. Cumbias Amazonicas, as they were first known, were loosely inspired by Colombian cumbias but incorporated the distinctive pentatonic scales of Andean melodies, some Cuban guajiras, and the psychedelic sounds of surf guitars, wah-wah pedals, farfisa organs and moog synthesizers.
Chicha, which is named after a corn-based liquor favored by the Incas, quickly spread to Lima. It became the music of choice of the mostly indigenous new migrant population – mixing even further with rock, Andean folklore and Peruvian creole music.
Very much like Jamaican Ska or Congolese Soukous, Chicha is western-influenced indigenous music geared toward the new urban masses who wholly identified with the new hybrid . Chicha is at once raw and sophisticated -–and until now, it had never been released outside of Peru.» (Barbés Records – click for many more infos)

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18 comments:

Radu said...

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Anonymous said...

Many thanks, Radu! Brilliant music!

Anonymous said...

Thank so much for this, and many others, and for a beautiful site. Your sharing is a gift for many.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant stuff. I've spent a fair amount of time in Peruvian oil towns (they tend to be ugly and near the coast, and, thus, close to good and uncrowded surfing): I've heard heaps of this stuff on the small buses called collectivos, but really had no sense of any musical lineage- thanks for posting this.

Regards,

jb

avocado kid said...

sounds very cool!

Anonymous said...

next great post! thanks again.

icastico said...

If you like this collection, you will enjoy this one posted at the WFMU blog...

http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2008/09/chicha-for-the.html

Good stuff.

L'AmeD'eos said...

very interesting blog with so much music to explore.Although easy to be found or downloaded by your blog, you inspire me to collect or even buy quality music.perfect

Anonymous said...

This is a new style for me. Many thanks for the introduction.

Ayin said...

Unusual sounds, thank you

k.ed said...

I found this and now I love listening to it all the time, Thank You!

ADB said...

Thanks!

gabrielmuniz said...

man, many thanks! very good album, i like much psychedelics, this is brilliant!

DRZ said...

Thankz 4 this my friend ! amazing !

Anonymous said...

Hot! Thanks. ;-0)

chicha said...

it seems to be a very interesting music. I will try it soon.

chicha said...

I visited peru and this music reminds me of getting on those chicken buses

chicha said...

So cool! I will share this.